Africa and the Backlash Against International Courts

; Line Engbo Gissel

At the start of the twenty-first century the story of Africa's
engagement with international law was one of marked commitment and meaningful
contributions. Africa pioneered new areas of law and legal remedies, such as
international criminal law and universal jurisdiction, and gave human rights
jurisdiction to a number of new international courts. Les mer
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At the start of the twenty-first century the story of Africa's
engagement with international law was one of marked commitment and meaningful
contributions. Africa pioneered new areas of law and legal remedies, such as
international criminal law and universal jurisdiction, and gave human rights
jurisdiction to a number of new international courts. However, in recent years,
African states have mobilised politically and collectively against the regional
courts and the International Criminal Court, contesting these institutions'
authority and legitimacy at national, regional and international levels.

Africa and the Backlash
Against International Courts provides the first
comprehensive account of this important phenomenon, bringing together original
fieldwork, empirical analysis and a critical overview of the diverse
scholarship on both international and African regional courts. Moving beyond
conventional explanations, Brett and Gissel use this remarkable research to
show how the actions of African states should instead be seen as part of a
growing desire for a more equal global order; a trend that not only has huge
implications for Africa's international relations, but that could potentially
change the entire practice of international law.

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