ICC and African leaders: the good, the bad and the ugly

The States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have elected a new Chief Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, an African former Gambian Justice Minister and Deputy Persecutor of ICC.  This succession comes as the ICC faces its most serious challenges from most African states, including a majority of the African States Parties. ...

انتخابات مفوضية الاتحاد الإفريقي أو الرقابة على الرقيب

شهدت إفريقيا في عام 2011 عددا وافرا من الانتخابات البرلمانية والرئاسية, فيما يمكن تسميته بـ”تعاقب الأجيال على الديمقراطية”. غير أن هذا التعاقب على الديمقراطية لا يبدو أنه يجد صدا لصوته في الانتخابات المرتقبة لمفوضية الاتحاد الإفريقي. وحين نراجع تاريخ الحراك الديمقراطي في إفريقيا يمكننا أن نلحظ كيف أنه مع مطلع الألفية الثالثة حدثت زيادة لافتة ...

Keeping Peace in Abyei: The Role and Contributions of Ethiopia

Since February 2011, Abyei and South Kordofan, oil rich disputed border areas of South Sudan and Sudan, witnessed an intensive military clash between the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) forces and the military of the Government of Sudan (GoS).  This reached a tipping point when the GoS forces took control of the town of Abyei ...

New Building Must See New Spirit, New African Union

The just-begun year will mark the first 10 years of the African Union (AU). This eventful decade has ended with a momentous year of uprisings, popular protests, and more than 28 elections that have changed Africa and the world. In light of this, the upcoming AU summit will provide an excellent opportunity to reflect on ...

Monitoring the Monitor: Elections at the African Union

With the many elections held in 2011, Africa witnessed what one may call a ‘generational progression on democracy’. Ironically, the nominations for the elections at the African Union Commission (AU Commission), which takes place in January 2012, reflects no such trend. Monitoring the Monitor: Elections at the African Union

ICC and African leaders: the good, the bad and the ugly

The International Criminal Court (ICC) and Africa—for quite sometime now—have endured a complex relationship. For Africa, ICC is ‘the Good’, the current Chief Prosecutor is ‘the Bad’, and African leaders of governments and rebel groups implicated human rights violations are however ‘the Ugly’ argues, Mehari Taddele Maru. ICC and African leaders: the good, the bad ...

On Unconstitutional Changes of Government: The Case of Libya’s NTC

Mehari Taddele Maru, Programme Head, African Conflict Prevention Programme, ISS Addis Ababa Office. The African Union (AU) High-Level ad hoc committee on Libya in its 14 September 2011 meeting, held in Pretoria, South Africa, reviewed the situation in Libya. The Communiqué of the ad hoc committee indicates the continuous communication between the AU Commission and ...

How the AU Should Have Recognised the Libyan NTC

How the AU Should Have Recognised the Libyan NTC
During its 291st Meeting of the AU Peace and Security Council, the African Union (AU) failed to officially recognise the National Transitional Council (NTC) in Libya. It indicated that it would grant recognition only when an ‘all-inclusive transitional government’ is established in Libya. For this reason, the former Libyan representatives to the AU, who are ...

Korea Looks to Old Ties to Share Secrets of Development

The visit by the Korean President demonstrates its growing commitments in Ethiopia and the rest of Africa, and an opportunity for the continent to learn from Korea’s extraordinary path to development, argues Mehari Taddele Maru, Mehari.maru(at)stcross-oxford.com, who works as a conflict prevention programme coordinator in an international organisation. He has also served as legal expert ...

The Kampala Convention and its contribution in filling the protection gap in international law

The Kampala Convention and its contribution in filling the protection gap in international law
In October 2009, the African Union (AU) Summit in Kampala, Uganda, adopted the AU Convention on the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (the Kampala Convention). The principal objective of this research project is to examine a few major provisions of the Kampala Convention and offer a legal analysis of its content, novelty and ...