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The Complementarity Regime of the International Criminal Court

National Implementation in Africa

Authors: Imoedemhe, Ovo Catherine

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  • Uses a policy-oriented approachProposes a modus operandi for the implementation of complementarityIncludes a case study on Nigeria 

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This book analyses how the complementarity regime of the ICC’s Rome Statute can be implemented in member states, specifically focusing on African states and Nigeria. Complementarity is the principle that outlines the primacy of national courts to prosecute a defendant unless a state is ‘unwilling’ or ‘genuinely unable to act’, assuming the crime is of a ‘sufficient gravity’ for the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is stipulated in the Rome Statute without a clear and comprehensive framework for how states can implement it. The book proposes such a framework and argues that a mutually inclusive interpretation and application of complementarity would increase domestic prosecutions and reduce self-referrals to the ICC. African states need to have an appropriate legal framework in place, implementing legislation and institutional capacity as well as credible judiciaries to investigate and prosecute international crimes. The mutually inclusive interpretation of the principle of complementarity would entail the ICC providing assistance to states in instituting this framework while being available to fill the gaps until such time as these states meet a defined threshold of institutional preparedness sufficient to acquire domestic prosecution. The minimum complementarity threshold includes proscribing the Rome Statute crimes in domestic criminal law and ensuring the institutional preparedness to conduct complementarity-based prosecution of international crimes. Furthermore, it assists the ICC in ensuring consistency in its interpretation of complementarity.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • The International Criminal Court as the New Paradigm to Close Impunity Gaps

    Pages 1-18

    Imoedemhe, Ovo Catherine

  • The Complementarity Regime of the Rome Statute: An Analysis of Its Components

    Pages 19-54

    Imoedemhe, Ovo Catherine

  • National Implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: Obligations and Challenges for States Parties

    Pages 55-87

    Imoedemhe, Ovo Catherine

  • Domestic Prosecutions in Africa Under the Complementarity Regime of the Rome Statute: A Practical Approach

    Pages 89-121

    Imoedemhe, Ovo Catherine

  • Unpacking the Tension Between the African Union and the ICC: The Way Forward

    Pages 123-156

    Imoedemhe, Ovo Catherine

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eBook 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-46780-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 135,19 €
price for Spain (gross)
Softcover 135,19 €
price for Spain (gross)
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Complementarity Regime of the International Criminal Court
Book Subtitle
National Implementation in Africa
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-46780-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-46780-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-46779-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83584-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 229
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