Saturday, 25 November 2017

Prof Kurt Mills’ Co-Authored Article on Africa and the ICC

“African Resistance to the ICC: Halting the Advance of the Anti-Impunity Norm” was recently published by the Review of International Studies (Cambridge University Press). This article, co-authored by Professor Kurt Mills, can be accessed here:

Rebecca Mutesi (Director of Communications)

Revisiting African Participation in the International Criminal Court

There is a perception among several African countries and commentators that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has been initiating criminal investigations in a lopsided manner— to the detriment of African countries. Dundee Africa Research Network (DARN) first set this question for discussion on 3 June 2006 when Dr Patrick Tom was invited to drive the debate. There have been several interesting developments since Dr Tom’s presentation.
Some African countries have merely alleged selective justice by the ICC. However, on 27 October 2017, Burundi made history as the first country to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. This withdrawal inevitably reopened the debate on possible political manoeuvrings in Africa-ICC relations.

Kurt Mills (Professor of International Relations and Human Rights) was a special guest speaker on 15 November 2017. Professor Mills thoroughly examined how some African countries have resisted the ICC. There was a concession that the ICC system was not perfect. Professor Mills, however, also observed that the withdrawal of Burundi was unlikely to trigger a domino effect on other African countries.

The question and answer session was very engaging and it showed that Africa-ICC relations will remain controversial for the foreseeable future. This is especially so as some African counties (or their citizens) continue to support the ICC.

Participants at the event reflected the interdisciplinary focus of DARN. Undergraduate students, postgraduate students and researchers participated. We thank everyone for attending. We are also grateful to Professor Mills for the detailed presentation.

Pontian Okoli (Co-convener)

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

“Understanding the Dynamics of the Africa–International Criminal Court Relationship” – Invitation to a Dundee Africa Research Network (DARN) Event on Wednesday 15 November 2017

Dear members and friends,

We are pleased to invite staff and students to a DARN Talk which will focus on Understanding the Dynamics of the Africa-International Criminal Court Relationship. The guest speaker is Kurt Mills— Professor of International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Dundee.


Although African countries were some of the strongest supporters of the creation of the International Criminal Court, the relationship between Africa and the ICC has become increasingly fractious, resulting in the withdrawal from the Court of one African country, and threats from others to withdraw. What are the dynamics of this relationship? This talk will examine the strategic and tactical forms of resistance used by African states against the ICC.

Date:     Wednesday, 15th November, 2017
Venue:  Room 2G12, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee
Time:     4:30 - 6.00pm


Kurt Mills is Professor of International Relations and Human Rights at the University of Dundee. He has previously taught at the University of Glasgow, Gettysburg College, James Madison University, Mount Holyoke College, and the American University in Cairo, and served as the Assistant Director of the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire College. He has held visiting positions at Addis Ababa University, the School of Advanced Studies University of London, and the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the development of international norms and institutions related to human rights, humanitarianism, international criminal justice, and the responsibility to protect, particularly in the context of sub-Saharan Africa. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

Kindly accept the best regards of DARN's facilitating team.

Rebecca Mutesi

Director of Communications