In this wide-ranging interview, Adewale Iyanda from the African Union Commission’s Office of the Legal Counsel explores the landscape of justice and accountability for mass atrocities in Africa. Iyanda discusses the relationship between the International Criminal Court and the African Union and African states, the trial and conviction of Hissène Habré at the Extraordinary African Chambers, the development and potential establishment of the Hybrid Court for South Sudan, as well as the Malabo Protocol which, if enacted, would expand the jurisdiction of the African Court for Human and Peoples’ Rights to include core international crimes. Iyanda eloquently reflects upon the challenges and opportunities facing this multitude of relationships and institutions.
Mr Iyanda spoke to the Deputy Director of the Wayamo Foundation, Dr Mark Kersten, following the international Symposium held on 27 February 2018 at Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. The Symposium, entitled : “Networks of Accountability – Justice for International and Transnational Organised Crimes”, represented an opportunity to discuss the status of international criminal justice, analyse transnational organised crimes, and explore the linkages between the two sets of crimes.
Justice Talks are a series of interviews about justice and accountability in Africa and beyond. They feature experts and leaders from the fields of human rights, international criminal law, politics and civil society.