Cape Town – Symposium Report

Julio Ottaviano International Conferences, News and Events, News and Events AGJA

The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) and the Wayamo Foundation are proud to present the Cape Town Symposium Report.

Can SA and the ICC resolve their differences?

Julio Ottaviano In the Press, News and Events, News and Events AGJA

A case now under way before the ICC’s appeals chamber and a possible International Court of Justice ruling raise hopes of mending the damaging rift between the International Criminal Court and South Africa.

A plan for South Africa to stay in the ICC

Julio Ottaviano In the Press, News and Events, News and Events AGJA

Published in the Mail&Guardian on 10 September 2018. Almost two years after first announcing its intention to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), it remains unclear whether South Africa will exit the Rome Statute system. By Navi Pillay, Richard Goldstone, and Mark Kersten. Last December, Justice Minister Michael Masutha told a meeting of ICC member-states that the country was …

Two court disputes test SA’s commitment to rule of law

Julio Ottaviano In the Press, News and Events, News and Events AGJA

Strong views were expressed at a seminar on South Africa and the ICC in Cape Town last week that South Africa should remain in the court. This is to both bolster international justice when it is under threat and to prove to the world – after the Zuma era – that South Africa remains committed to the rule of law. The seminar was organised by the Wayamo Foundation and the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability.

Don’t pull South Africa out of the ICC, judges urge Justice Minister Masutha

Julio Ottaviano In the Press, News and Events, News and Events AGJA

South Africa could help counter the global vacuum of respect for international law by supporting the International Criminal Court, says former Justice Richard Goldstone, who with Judge Navi Pillay has urged Justice Minister Michael Masutha not to withdraw the country from The Hague-based court.

Signs of an ANC shift on withdrawal from ICC

Julio Ottaviano In the Press, News and Events, News and Events AGJA

Differences within government and the ANC about South Africa’s withdrawal from the International Criminal Court could mean that the parliamentary process now under way might yet come to naught – but don’t expect much open debate on this before next year’s general elections.

Brics summit ‘almost collapsed’ because of legal threat against heads of state – Masutha

Julio Ottaviano In the Press, News and Events, News and Events AGJA

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has admitted that the Brics summit in Johannesburg last month “almost collapsed” because a group of South African lawyers threatened legal action against some heads of state attending the gathering.

South Africa and international justice – Charting the way forward

Julio Ottaviano International Conferences, News and Events, News and Events AGJA

The Africa Group for Justice and Accountability (AGJA) and the Wayamo Foundation will hold a one-day public symposium at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel on 29 August 2018, under the banner of “South Africa and international justice – Charting the way forward”.

South Africa and the ICC: Dismantling the international criminal justice system to protect one individual?

Julio Ottaviano In the Press, News and Events, News and Events AGJA

The introduction of the International Crimes Bill before the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services, two weeks ago, signals steadfast resolve to eventually withdraw from the Rome Statute. Is South Africa dismantling its own international criminal justice framework for one man who they will, despite withdrawal, still be legally obligated to arrest and surrender for as long as he remains wanted by the International Criminal Court?