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Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (Dr Sarah M. H. Nouwen, Cambridge University Press)

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November 2013


Of the many expectations attending the creation of the first permanent International Criminal Court, the greatest has been that the principle of complementarity would catalyse national investigations and prosecutions of conflict-related crimes and lead to the reform of domestic justice systems. Sarah Nouwen explores whether complementarity has had such an effect in two states subject to ICC intervention: Uganda and Sudan. Drawing on extensive empirical research and combining law, legal anthropology and political economy, she unveils several effects and outlines the catalysts for them. However, she also reveals that one widely anticipated effect - an increase in domestic proceedings for conflict-related crimes - has barely occurred. This finding leads to the unravelling of paradoxes that go right to the heart of the functioning of an idealistic Court in a world of real constraints.

The book is available to buy online here.

You can also read more about how Dr Nouwen returned to the field to deliver copies of her work to those who had helped her with her research in her piece for the University's website, here.