International Workshop "Developments in Criminal Law in Africa – Between the Local and the Global –"

19-21 April 2012 • Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg/Germany

In 2009, the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (MPICC) and the African Foundation for International Law (AFIL) organized a workshop on the institutionalization of international criminal law in Sub-Saharan Africa. These two institutions wish to broaden the understanding of criminal law and criminal justice in Africa in light of current trends and issues.


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– The workshop took place within the framework of the International Max Planck Research School on Comparative Criminal Law (IMPRS-CC) –

The second workshop in this context took place from 19-21 April 2012. The first day was devoted to presentations on anthropology of African law as well as general issues such as comparative criminal law and criminology. The second day gave room to the analysis of African criminal law – history, sources, and current issues such as the traditional justice mechanisms – while the last day focused on the contribution of international criminal law to the solution of conflicts in Africa. On this particular aspect, questions were raised about the operations of the International Criminal Court with regard to Africa and the plans at the African Union level, but also within the sub regional institutions.
The workshop will be followed by a publication.



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