Call For Papers and Participation :International Conference on 20 Years Since The Rome Statute Of The ICC

International Conference On : ‘‘20 Years Since The Rome Statute Of The International Criminal Court (Icc) – The Status Of International Rule Of Law, And Access To International Criminal Justice In Africa.’’

20-21 September 2018

 Organised by : Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, School of Security, Diplomacy and Peace Studies, Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

In Partnership with :OPEN SOCIETY INTIATIVE FOR EAST AFRICA (OSIEA)

This year, 2018, marks twenty years since the Rome Statute, a treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, at Kenyatta University seeks to commemorates the adoption of the Rome Statute by organising and hosting a 2 day International Conference ‘‘‘20 YEARS SINCE THE ROME STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT (ICC) – THE STATUS OF INTERNATIONAL RULE OF LAW, AND ACCESS TO INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE IN AFRICA, ‘’ in partnership with Open Society Initiative for East African  (OSIEA). Since its establishment the International Criminal Court has made notable in roads in demonstrating that impunity for atrocity crimes is no-longer tolerated. It has sent strong signals of its readiness to deliver justice to the victims of international crimes. In the same vain its interventions have attracted considerable criticisms. These include that it is too slow to deliver its judgments considering the financial investment; that it has been politicised and failing to balance the demands for peace with those of justice.

The International Conference will be an academic forum for dialogue between established scholars, researchers and practitioners on the impact or lack thereof of the Rome Statute on promoting International Rule of Law on the African Continent and ensuring that victims of international crimes have justice. Each of the two days of the conference will have a dedicated sub-theme. On first day the 20th of September the Sub-Theme to be discussed shall be; The Emergence of the Rome Statute Accountability Mechanism- Opportunities, Challenges and the way forward. On the second day, the 21st of September the Sub-Theme to be discussed shall be Politics of International Criminal Justice and Africa: ​Regional Justice Mechanisms - Obstructers or Enablers of the Rome Statute Mechanism.

The overall objective of the action is to enrich the on-going dialogue on the challenges and future of the Rome Statute based international criminal justice system. So far the dialogue on international criminal justice and the International Criminal Court in particular risks turning into being a dialogue de sourds between those who view themselves as pro and anti-international criminal justice. The debates have also oscillated between civil society and politicians and in most cases happened in venues faraway from the affected regions, where the majority of stakeholders including scholars are often sidelined. This scenario appears to have not aided the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court into being the mainstay justice institution for international crimes. As such this International Conference seeks to fill this gap by offering a platform where an open academic dialogue between academics, practitioners, and experts based in African institutions and organisations with their counter-parts from the other parts of the world on the prospects of the Rome Statute Based Accountability mechanisms.

During the conference, the academic dialogue will be facilitated through a combination of keynotes presentations and panels under the following themes and topics:

Sub- Theme 1: The Emergence of the Rome Statute Accountability Mechanism- Opportunities, Challenges and the way forward.

  1. Responses to international crimes in African jurisdictions prior to the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court.
  2. Historical injustices and International crimes in Africa.
  3. Africa States’ approach and attitude towards universal jurisdiction
  4. The Legacy of the United Nations Security Council in dealing African issues.
  5. African States at Rome Conference – proposals and counter-proposals
  6. African States and International Tribunals, Cases Studies and Lessons learned
  7. The role and effectiveness of alternative justice mechanisms in Africa.

Sub-Theme 2: Politics of International Criminal Justice and Africa: ​Regional Justice Mechanisms - Obstructers or Enablers of the Rome Statute Mechanism.

  • Self-referrals in the context of African situations
  • The African States in the United Nations Security Council and their role in referral of African situations to the Office of the Prosecutors
  • Justice and Peace dilemma and the fate of the International Criminal Court.
  • Victims and Reparations for discontinued cases- what are the prospects.
  • Regionalisation of International Criminal Law- The Malabo Protocol- Enabler or Obstructer of the Rome Statute
  • International Court Justice and immunity for international crimes
  • The prospects for African Unionthe 3rd UNSC Meeting and Withdrawal Strategy

The call invites abstracts and papers from academics and practitioners in the following fields; international law, politics and international relations, African and international studies; lawyers and historians and civil society interested in presenting at the conference in any of the above themes and topics. Those interested should submit their abstracts of not more than 300 words by no later than 13th July 2018 to the following email addresses This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The authors of successful abstract shall be notified by 17th July 2018. Full papers of must be submitted by the 19th August 2018. Authors selected to present during the Conference shall have their transport or flight costs subsided.

Abstract deadline: 13th July 2018

Abstract notification: 17th July 2018

Full-papers deadline: 19th August 2018

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