11 September 2017

Africa: No 'One Size Fits All' Solution for Intrepid International Jurists On the World Stage

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International jurists are brave pioneers blazing an uncertain and precarious trail through a maze of political, financial and other daunting obstacles to bring the world's worst criminals to justice.

This may sound more like the adventures of Indiana Jones than the solemn deliberations of learned justices in sombre robes and sometimes even wigs. But it was the plausible picture of international justice which emerged at a recent seminar held by Germany's Wayomo Foundation and the American Bar Association in the appropriate venue of Arusha, Tanzania.

Arusha is to Africa what The Hague is to Europe and the world. It is where many of the worst perpetrators of the 1994 Rwanda genocide have been tried at the specially-created International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and where the African Court on Human and Peoples Rights and East African Court of Justice now sit.

The Wayomo Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation established to strengthen the rule of law and promote international criminal justice.

The theme of the Arusha seminar was: "Judicial independence - a Foundation for combating International and Transnational Crimes." It brought together an impressive bench of judges from Africa, the US and Europe to consider its verdict...

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