Past event

Research Event

Justice in Kenya: Impacts of the African Union's ICC Decision

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme

Event documents

Meeting Summary - Justice in Kenya: Impacts of the African Union’s ICC Decision
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Participants

George Kegoro, Executive Director, International Commission of Jurists, Kenya
L Muthoni Wanyeki, Kenyan Political Scientist
Chair: Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House

Overview

Africa's relationship with the International Criminal Court (ICC) was the topic of discussion at an extraordinary summit held by the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa on 12 October 2013. Following the meeting, the AU issued a declaration calling for the suspension of ICC cases against Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto, who are accused of involvement in orchestrating violence which followed Kenya's 2007 elections.

The AU expressed concern that the ICC has become politicized in its indictments against African leaders, and that the Kenya cases are a threat to the country's sovereignty and the region's stability. 

The speakers will discuss the implications of the AU's declaration for the victims of Kenya's post-election violence, and whether the summit signals Africa's retreat from the ICC.