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International Law and the Self-Determination of South Sudan

"In this paper the author have explored the vexing question of the right to self-determination in Africa with particular reference to developments under both general international law and African regional law regarding the tension between self-deter…

Reclaiming Protection of Civilians under International Humanitarian Law: Reflections from the Oslo Global Conference

"Over the past sixty years, international humanitarian law (IHL) has established a comprehensive legal framework for the protection of civilians (PoC) in armed conflicts. There is broad consensus that these guidelines afford non-combatants significa…

Disarmament, Demobilisation & Reintegration and the Disarming of Armed Groups during Armed Conflict: Considerations of International Law, Policy and Programming

Since the late 1980s, disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) activities – sometimes termed “micro-disarmament” – have been important components in efforts to stabilise conflict-affected societies as well as to facilitate longer-term de…

Civil Society in the Digital Age in Africa: Identifying Threats and Mounting Pushbacks

The digital age has created immense opportunities to enhance civic engagement by creating new frontiers for the exercise of freedom of association and peaceful assembly. These rights are recognised in seminal human rights instruments including artic…

Le Grand Retour du Maroc à l’Union Africaine / Morocco's Return to the African Union

The historical reintegration of the Kingdom to the African Union has been ratified at the 28th summit of the top of the Pan-African organization in Addis Ababa on 30 and 31 January 2017, the near unanimity of Heads of State and African governments, …

Cooperative Water Governance for Climate Resilience: Are Institutional Arrangements in Southern Africa Fit for Purpose?

Water is a stress multiplier in Africa. Climate change and development decisions manifest in stressed water resources, while poor governance further undermines water security. Many of Africa’s water resources are shared by two or more countries, add…

South Sudan vs James Dak: A Case of Travesty of Justice

James Dak is a national of South Sudan who sought refugee status in Kenya in 2015 due to the civil war in South Sudan. In 2016, however, the Kenyan government cancelled his visa and returned him to South Sudan where he was charged with treason, am…

On shaky ground, the ICC must rebuild with a new prosecutor

For the International Criminal Court (ICC), February has been a momentous month. A new chief prosecutor was appointed after a fraught election, important cases were started and another was concluded, and a decision reached on the question of Palesti…

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