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On 29 March 2021, CILPA launched the International Criminal Court Colloquium – a series dedicated specifically to advancing the scholarly debate on the work of the world’s only permanent international penal tribunal with responsibility to prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. The series, which is part of our Africa-ICC Research Project, and co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law and the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, seeks to highlight issues of particular relevance to the future success of the ICC, especially from an African perspective. 


Given the ICC Prosecutor’s significant role, and the concerns of African and other States Parties and civil society about the recent selection process for the ICC Prosecutor whose term began in June 2021, CILPA, convened four separate roundtables in 2021/2022 with leading experts from academia, governments, and civil society. The roundtable discussions dealt with  selection process for the ICC Prosecutor, the achievements of and challenges for African ICC prosecutors; ICC review and reform process; and resetting the Africa-ICC relationship.


CILPA will convene three roundtable discussions in 2022 to reflect on the situation in Ukraine and to explore the main international legal and policy questions from an African perspective. This is an opportunity for both speakers and participants to engage on a range of critical issues, including the use of force in Article 2(4) of the UN Charter and the exception of self-defense contained in Article 51, as well as questions of state responsibility, the crime of aggression, the right of self-determination and uti possidetis juris. 

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