The International Criminal Court in Africa
Judicial Imperialism or Legal Complementarity?
Visiting Professor, Conflict Resolution Program, Georgetown University and Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town, South Africa
This talk is free and open to the public. It will be followed by lunch and informal dialogue.
Since its founding 10 years ago, the International Criminal Court has indicted only Africans, some under questionable circumstances. This has the potential to undermine respect for international law in situations of conflict in Africa. The ICC Review Conference that met in Kampala in June 2010 did not adequately address African questions, which now have reached a new level of intensity. Villa-Vicencio will discuss some concerns that the Review Conference failed to address.
Charles Villa-Vicencio works largely in the area of transitional justice and social transformation in South Africa and on the African continent. He has worked on transitional mechanisms and peacebuilding initiatives in Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. He also has consulted on political conflict in the Spanish Basque country, Sri Lanka, Peru, and Colombia.
Prior to his time at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and Georgetown University, he served as the National Research Director in the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and as Professor of Religion and Society at the University of Cape Town.
About the Yoder Dialogues
John Howard Yoder, a founding fellow of the Kroc Institute and a professor of theology at Notre Dame, was an insightful and effective proponent of Christian non-violence. In addition to initiating courses on war, law, and ethics and non-violence, he began a dialogue with faculty in military science that continues to this day. A generous gift from Anne Marie Yoder, his widow, established an endowment to fund the John Howard Yoder Dialogues on Nonviolence, Religion, and Peace.
Previous Yoder lecturers
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology and Fellow of Berkeley College at Yale University; Senior Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia
Donald B. Kraybill, Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow, Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania
David Smock, Vice President, Director of the Religion and Peacemaking Program, and Director of the Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, United States Institute of Peace
Jim Wallis, Editor-in-Chief, Sojourners
Walter Wink, Lecturer, workshop leader & author of When the Powers Fall: Reconciliation in the Healing of Nations
Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Divinity School, Duke University
Judith M. Brown, Beit Professor of Commonwealth History, University of Oxford & Professorial Fellow, Balliol College
Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology, Yale Divinity School
Avishai Margalit, Schulman Professor of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem & founding member of Peace Now