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Criminal Justice and Accountability in Africa – National and Regional Developments Conference

26 October 2017 - 27 October 2017

Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm

This conference seeks to bring together insights from across disciplines to engage with emerging trends in regional justice mechanisms in the quest to strengthen justice and accountability for international crimes. The aim is to provide a forum that shifts the discourse away from the devaluing of African initiatives and approaches, while also taking into account gaps and challenges that affect the development of regional criminal justice and accountability systems. The conference will look into the strengths and weaknesses of international criminal law as it has been applied and the potential of regional mechanisms and responses. Although the ICC is not the focus of the conference, consideration will be given to relevant issues that will shape and enhance discussions on regional and national accountability mechanisms. The emphasis is to discuss how regional systems can contribute to the international system and advance accountability and justice. The discussion will focus on regional initiatives and efforts to address criminal liability and end impunity, including reflecting on the trials, courts and mechanisms - both proposed and established at the national, sub-regional and regional levels.

While African systems are the main focus under discussion, the functioning and practices of other regional systems will also be discussed in order to reflect on how justice and accountability are promoted, and the emerging practices and lessons learned.

This conference is organised by Queen Mary University of London’s Criminal Justice Centre in collaboration with the Centre of African Studies at SOAS, University of London.

Speakers from across Africa, Asia and Europe will be tackling issues ranging from:

  • How to understand criminal justice and transitional justice in an African context;
  • The challenges faced by hybrid and national court prosecutions;
  • Hurdles to implementing a regional criminal court;
  • The potential for corporate criminal responsibility; and
  • Issues surrounding sexual and gender based violence.

Download the full CJAA17 programme [PDF 1,026KB]

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For directions to the venue, please refer to the map.

How to book

Book your place via the E-Shop.

Ticket prices

  • £20 Standard per day
  • £35 Standard per 2 days
  • £5 Students (all)
  • £10 SOAS/QMUL Alumni* per day.

*Student will need to show valid ID on the day.
*Alumni to show alumni card.


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