Blog Posts: Africa

Africa is getting a free trade zone, but when?

African Heads of Government met at the 25th Summit of the African Union and agreed to the creation of the Continental Free Trade Area with a 2017 implementation date, but experts wonder if 2017 is a realistic goal. 
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No Comments | Posted by George H. Ricks on Mon. April 4, 2016 4:00 PM
Categories: Africa, African Union, Free Trade

ICC launches first-ever prosecution of former child soldier

Dominic Ongwen was kidnapped at age ten and turned into a child soldier. His prosecution for war crimes is a first for the ICC.
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No Comments | Posted by Samantha L. Heggum on Tue. November 17, 2015 7:15 PM
Categories: Africa, Independence movements, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Law of War, Uganda

ICC prosecution targets destruction of ancient religious sites

The ICC case, which follows the destruction of religious and cultural monuments in Mali, is in one sense the first of its kind.


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No Comments | Posted by Kathryn J. Hesman on Tue. October 13, 2015 2:01 PM
Categories: Africa, Insurgency, International Criminal Court, Iraq, Islamic State, Syria, Terrorism, UNESCO, United Nations

Could Zimbabwe extradite the hunter who shot Cecil?

Conservation groups have called for a Minnesota dentist to be federally prosecuted for tracking and killing one of southern Africa's best-known lions last month. That doesn't seem likely to happen, but he could face a years-long extradition battle and poaching charges in Zimbabwe.


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No Comments | Posted by Christopher R. Bagley (Chris) on Mon. August 3, 2015 3:10 PM
Categories: Africa, Conservation, Environmental, Extradition, International Law, Natural resources, Zimbabwe

ICC Formally Drops Charges Against President Kenyatta: Leaves the Door Open for a Case in the Future

On March 13, 2015, after months of investigation, the International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that it was formally dropping its charges against Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta. Ultimately, ICC prosecutors did not have enough evidence to sufficiently prove Kenyatta’s guilt in court and were forced to drop their case for the foreseeable future.


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Posted by Mary A. Slagle (Ashton) on Mon. March 23, 2015 12:17 PM
Categories: Africa, International Criminal Court, Kenya

al-Shahaab Raid Justified by AUMF

On October 5, 2013, US Navy SEALS entered Somalia to capture Kenyan national Abdikadir Mohamed Abdikadir, whose al-Shabaab terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya. Considering that U.S. embassy operations are suspended in Somalia, and the United States is not engaged in a direct military conflict with Somalia, was the raid legal?


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No Comments | Posted by Max P. Biedermann on Wed. February 12, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Africa, African Union, AUMF, Customary International Law, Kenya, Somalia, Syria, Terrorism

Attack on Kenya's Westgate Mall Sparks African Union's Battle with the International Criminal Court

Amidst growing unhappiness with the International Criminal Court, the African Union now demands the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta be postponed following the Westgate Mall shooting in Nairobi, Kenya. 


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No Comments | Posted by Emily C. Doll on Thu. November 7, 2013 8:00 AM
Categories: Africa, African Union, International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Kenya, Terrorism

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