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Universalising international criminal justice: latest perspectives from Africa
Date: 11 December 2014
Time: 13h15 - 14h30
Venue: ECOSOC Chambers, UN Building, New York

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Government of Estonia are hosting a side event at the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on cooperation, complementarity and universalising international criminal justice.

The side event focuses on the importance of enabling states to deal with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide at the national level. African experts from the ISS will draw on practical experience and lessons from the continent in their analyses.

Prof Dire Tladi will assess the need for national mechanisms to investigate and prosecute international crimes. He argues that the creation of a convention on crimes against humanity will advance a truly complementary international criminal justice system. Copies of Tladi’s new ISS paper 'Complementarity and cooperation in international criminal justice' will be available.

Ottilia Maunganidze will reflect on positive complementarity as the present and future of international criminal justice in Africa. Dr Max du Plessis will discuss the implementation of the Rome Statute in Africa with a focus on the Zimbabwe torture case recently finalised in the South African Constitutional Court. Copies of du Plessis’s latest ISS paper 'Implications of the African Union's immunity for African leaders' will be available.

Attendance at this side event requires prior accreditation from the Secretariat of the ICC Assembly of States Parties.

Chair: Jemima Njeri Kariri, Senior Researcher, Transnational Threats and International Crime division, ISS Pretoria


  • Prof Dire Tladi, University of Pretoria, Member of the International Law Commission, and ISS Consultant
  • Ottilia Maunganidze, Researcher, Office of the Managing Director, ISS Pretoria
  • Dr Max du Plessis, Associate Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, practising advocate, and ISS Senior Research Associate

A light lunch will be served at the end of the event to participants behind left side of Café Vienna Hosting Area

The government of Estonia was instrumental in securing the venue and facilitating processes for this event. The ISS is also grateful for support from the following members of the ISS Partnership Forum: the governments of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the USA.
ECOSOC Chambers
UN Building
New York
Allan Ngari
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