CODESRIA-SSRC Planning Meeting on “The International Criminal Court (ICC), Peace Reconciliation Processes, and Human Rights in Africa” in Dakar, Senegal

Hotel Lagon, Dakar, Senegal

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and the African Peacebuilding Network (APN) held a planning meeting on the theme “The International Criminal Court (ICC), Peace Reconciliation Processes, and Human Rights in Africa.” The event brought together experts and stakeholders to reflect on the implications of international justice for peace in Africa, as well as plan for a major research, policy dialogue, and advocacy initiative on the subject. 

The meeting was made up of several brainstorming sessions directed at establishing a framework for a major research, policy dialogue, and advocacy initiative on international justice in Africa, with a specific focus on the ICC-Africa relations. The meeting addressed existing gaps in research-based knowledge on the struggles against impunity, mass atrocities, and violations of human rights during wars, and the challenges these issues pose for peacebuilding in Africa. Discussants also critically engaged the ongoing debate about whether to prioritize peace and reconciliation over justice.

The project hopes to evolve and take shape over the next three years, while a major international conference is planned for July 2014 in Dakar, Senegal.  

Meeting participants included senior adviser Ron Kassimir of the SSRC, Pascal Kambale of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa, Jeanne Elone of Trust Africa, Ibrahima Kane of the Open Society Initiative for East Africa, Idayat Hassan of the Centre for Democracy and Development in West Africa, and Andre Mangu of the University of South Africa.

To read the concept note circulated prior to the meeting as well as the full report of the event, you can download the Overview PDFs found in the right sidebar.