Strategic Action in African Regional Courts


Nicole De Silva (center) with Nelly Schläfereit ’15 and Hannah Young ’15 (l-r)

April 3, 2014

Nicole De Silva, Ph.D. student in Political Science at Oxford University, recently visited Brandeis University as part of the “Exploring Global Justice: Perspectives from Young Scholars and Practitioners” speaker series organized by the Center’s Programs in International Justice and Society.

De Silva shared some thoughts about her ongoing research on international courts and tribunals. In particular, she discussed her investigation of two important regional courts in Africa, the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights and the East African Court of Justice, both based in Arusha, Tanzania.

These two regional institutions have been brought into the ongoing debate about the African focus of investigation and prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC). There has been discussion about extending the jurisdiction of both of these courts to cover criminal cases, thereby allowing African states to bypass the ICC altogether and keep African cases on the continent.

De Silva's research has brought an interesting question to the fore: might there be a new trend of creating new international and regional courts to challenge the jurisdiction of existing ones?

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