This book investigates the relationship between the International Criminal Court and Africa (the ICC or the Court), asking why and how the international criminal justice system has so far largely failed the victims of atrocities in Africa.
The book explores how the Court degenerated from a very promising multilateral institution to being an instrumentalised, politicised, weaponised institution that ended up with the victims being the greatest losers. Instead of looking at the International Criminal Court as a recent alternative to a prevailing international criminal justice paradigm, this book argues that the Court is a manifestation of the same world order that was established by the Reconquista in 1492. Written from a decolonial perspective, the book particularly draws on evidence from Zimbabwe in order to demonstrate how the International Criminal Court is failing the victims of the four crimes that fall under its jurisdiction. Drawing on the perspectives of victims in particular, this book highlights the damage caused within Africa by the international criminal justice system and argues for a decolonial conception of justice.
The book will be of interest to researchers from across African politics, international relations, law and criminal justice.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Self-writing as restitutive justice in Africa: An introduction Chapter 2: The international justice system as a justice problem for Africa Chapter 3: The ICC and prosecutorial obsession Chapter 4: Is the ICC unfairly targeting Africa Chapter 5: Can (post)colonial states deliver international criminal justice: The case of Zimbabwe Chapter 6: The ICC and international criminal justice in Zimbabwe Chapter 7: Rethinking and reconstituting the international criminal justice system: Towards a cure which heals the patient
Everisto Benyera is Associate Professor of African Politics at the University of South Africa.