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SOAS scholar completes five-country Africa tour of new book on the impact of International Criminal Court on Africa

4 June 2019

Dr Phil Clark, Reader in Comparative and International Politics, with reference to Africa, recently completed a five-country Africa tour of his new book, Distant Justice: The Impact of the International Criminal Court on African Politics (Cambridge University Press), with support from the SOAS Engagement and Impact Fund.

Dr Clark held events at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (Cape Town), the Institute for Security Studies (Pretoria), the African Union (Addis Ababa), the Kenyan Human Rights Commission and the Africa Centre for Open Governance (Nairobi), Refugee Law Project (Kampala), Centre for African Research (Gulu) and the Aegis Trust (Kigali). Live-tweeting at the hashtag #DistantJustice captured many of the debates at these events.

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Dr Phil Clark book tour in Cape Town

The series of events also generated substantial media coverage, including in The Independent ('New book criticises ICC for suffocating African justice mechanisms'), The New Times, Rwanda ('Experts warn ICC to go local or lose relevance') and in the Daily Monitor, Uganda ('ICC is being manipulated to suffocate Africa’s justice systems – British scholar').

A full seminar is available to view on the Institute for Security Studies website.