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International Criminal Justice and State Sovereignty: An African Perspective
Ba, Oumar

2011, Master of Arts (MA), Ohio University, Political Science (Arts and Sciences).
This study argues that their history of colonization has made the African states protective of their sovereignty and inclined to support a strong position on nonintervention. Furthermore, that shared understanding has fueled African leaders' opposition to the rulings of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the perceived abuse of the principle of universal jurisdiction. Through a constructivist approach and an interpretive method of inquiry, this study found that the African leaders have relied upon the African Union to present a common front in responding to this perceived legal imperialism. The concept of sovereignty has evolved in Africa from its perception at the single state level to a more unified notion a collective sovereignty at the continental level. Additionally, the implication of the ICC in the African continent often obstructs the resolution of conflicts and impedes on the peace processes through the means of diplomacy, power-sharing, and local forms of justice. Finally, the African states have considered the ICC and universal jurisdiction efforts to lack legitimacy and have sought to de-legitimize them accordingly.
Andrew A. G. Ross, PhD (Committee Chair)
Patricia Weitsman, PhD (Committee Member)
Brandon Kendhammer, PhD (Committee Member)
118 p.

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