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The International Criminal Court Colloquium


Africa, the Ukraine Crisis, and International Law Series – 2022

The CILPA, together with ASIL and the Nuremberg Academy, are pleased to convene an interactive dialogue to reflect on the situation in Ukraine and to explore the main international legal and policy questions from an African perspective. The roundtable dialogues, which will take place over the course of three separate events constituting the 2022 ICC Colloquium Series, will be 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. The panelists at the various events will be invited to ponder the present and future role of the UN Security Council, the ICC, the ICJ, including the law governing the use of the veto in the face of atrocity crimes, recent ICJ advisory opinions, and the International Law Commission’s timely work on jus cogens and their legal consequences and the duty of states and international organizations to take steps not to aid or abet serious breaches of international law. 

The first roundtable took place online on 1 June 2022 and considered the implications of the use of force by Russia in Ukraine for general international law and the UN Charter’s collective security system, including veto and UNSC reform. Click here for more information and to watch the recording of the online roundtable.

The second roundtable, to be convened in July 2022, will turn to the question of state responsibility for international wrongful acts, countermeasures, and neutrality. More information to be posted in due course.

Last but not least, the third discussion will consider  possible avenues for criminal responsibility – not only through the ICC and any potential ad hoc tribunals, but also using Universality. This event will take place towards the end of 2022. More information to be posted in due course.

Further information on these upcoming series will be posted on the CILPA website in the near future. In the meantime, should you have an interest in learning more or participating in any of the workshops, we invite you to email us at [email protected]

Want to know more?

Scroll through our posts below and click on “Read More” to find out more about the various sessions and watch the recordings of the roundtable discussions.

Africa, the Ukraine Crisis, and International Law: Quo Vadis?

Africa, the Ukraine Crisis, and International Law: Quo Vadis? Co-sponsored by the American Society of International Law and the International Nuremberg Principles Academy.   Wednesday, 1 June 2022, 12:00 - 13:30 EST (Via Zoom) The Center for International Law and Policy in Africa...

Past Events

Symposium and Book Launch: The Legal Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone on 17 December 2020.

 The keynote speech was delivered by Member of the International Law Commission, Professor at Florida International University College of Law, and author Dr.  Charles C. Jalloh. 


Sierra Leone's Accession to the New York Convention: Significance, Opportunities, Challenges and Next Steps on 25 February 2021.

Read the concept note and program for the event here. The keynote speech was delivered by the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of Sierra Leone, the Hon. Anthony Y. Brewah, Esq.


ICC Colloquium Series: The ICC Prosecutor Election Process: A Post-Mortem on 29 March 2021.

The roundtable discussion was facilitated by Professor Charles Jalloh with commentary by Angela Mudukuti, Open Society Foundation; Ambassador Sabine Nölke, Chair, ICC Committee on the Election of the Prosecutor; and Owiso Owiso, PhD Candidate University of Luxembourg. 


The ICC Colloquium Series Africa, the Ukraine Crisis, and International Law: Quo Vadis?

The Center for International Law and Policy in Africa (CILPA), with the co-sponsorship of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) and the International Nuremberg Principles Academy (Nuremberg Academy), launched a series of roundtable discussions exploring International Law and the Use of Force, especially in the context of the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine