Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا

Conference Announcement

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Date: July 10-12, 2014; Venue: Dakar

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa and the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network in collaboration with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute and the Centre for Democracy and Development in Abuja are pleased to announce a conference on the theme International Criminal Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in Africa: the ICC and Beyond to be held from July 10-12, 2014 in Dakar.The conference isthe first part of a two-phase programme on International Criminal Justice, Reconciliation and Peace in Africa: the ICC and Beyond, which will eventually include a three-year research and policy engagement segment. The programme is founded on the observation that the ICC has captured the imagination of many on the continent and come to represent for various parties either the epitome of many of the things that are wrong with the international justice system or a key instrument in the preventionof gross human rights violations in Africa and thepromotion of access to justice for its victims. The broad goal of the programme is to significantly improve the quality of scholarship, debatesand policy on while further democratizing the nature ofconversations on international justice, peace and reconciliation in Africa through conferences, the conduct and dissemination of studies and policy engagement.

The conference will addressspatial and temporal variation in perceptions of the ICC across Africaandwhetherthe ICC privileges the fight against impunity over long-term peacebuilding and reconciliation in Africa. Participants will also explore the extent to which the ICC’s indictments betray partiality against Africans and against certain parties in situation countries, the degree to whichthe ICC de-politicizes and de-historicises African human rights abuses andthe impact of these actionson the search for justice, peace and reconciliation on the continent.The question of alternative justice mechanisms and the extent to which focus on the ICC may have starved them of attention will also be the subject of sustained debate during the conference.The conference will similarlyexaminehow much the ICC reflects global inequalities,to what extent it is instrumentalized byworld powers and whether any such instrumentalization still permits the court to contribute meaningfully towardsending impunity and facilitating peacebuilding and reconciliation in Africa.

Further information on the conference can be obtained from:


BP 3304, CP 18524; Dakar, Senegal

Tel: +221 - 33 825 9822/23; Fax: +221- 33 824 1289

E-mail:; Website:

Or African Peacebuilding Network

Social Science Research Council

One Pierrepont Plaza, 15th Floor

300 Cadman Plaza West

Brooklyn, NY 11201 USA

P: 212-377-2700

F: 212-377-2727


July 3 2014

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