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Scepticism about the ICC

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10 Nov 2016

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Scepticism about the ICC should come as no surprise

JeffHandmakerISS_smallJeff Handmaker*

On 21 October 2016, South Africa’s Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha announced the intention of the government to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC).

South Africa’s announcement to withdraw from the ICC was accompanied by similar announcements by Burundi and possibly Kenya to either leave or consider leaving the Assembly of State Parties, which comprises the members of the Rome Statute of the ICC. The Gambia also made clear it was intending to leave the ICC, which was all the more embarrassing as it is the country of nationality of the current ICC prosecutor.


On 25 November 2015, GGSJ Senior Researcher Dr. Jeff Handmaker moderated a Hague Talks event at the Museon in The Hague.

hague-talksEntitled Ecocide: the Fifth International Crime against Peace?, speakers in this event included Humberto Piaguaje, Chief of Ecuador’s Secoya indigenous tribe; Pablo Fajardo Mendoza, Attorney and recipient of the Goldman Prize and CNN Heroes Award; Daniela Palacios, an International dispute resolution lawyer and Michael Baumgartner of Greenpeace Switzerland.


GGSJ junior researcher and ISS PhD candidate, Mohammed Al Moghayer Omer participated in a special session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels

Poster-RTP-EN-jpeg-723x1024Mohammed Omer participated as a member of the jury, composed of numerous prominent figures.

The jury was composed to examine Israel’s assault on Gaza during “Operation Protection Edge” and to submit findings on possible international crimes that had been committed by parties to the conflict.

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