Carleton’s Kamari Clarke Awarded Grant to Study the Potential Impact of New Africa Court

Ottawa - Carleton University’s Kamari Clarke, associate professor in Global and International Studies, and her research associate Charles Jalloh have been awarded US $246,000 to carry out a research project analyzing the potential impact of the African Court of Justice and Human and Peoples’ Rights by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

“This project will produce the first study dedicated to evaluating this African court,” said Clarke. “With the involvement of Vincent Nmehielle - the African Union Legal Counsel – this study will impact on policy in Africa and beyond. We hope to set a high bar for future studies of the court and its contributions to international law and justice.”

The proposed African court, which would be the first permanent international criminal tribunal embedded in a regional human rights court, has a number of exciting legal innovations which hold significant ramifications for the development of international law.

Clarke’s project, the African Court Research Initiative (ACRI), explores the limits and impact of international law to enhance accountability and human rights during and after conflict.

The grant enables scholars to investigate the controversy surrounding the African court’s jurisdiction in the shadow of the tensions between the African Union, and the permanent International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague. The controversy has been fuelled by the decision of African states to exempt sitting heads of state from prosecution, and the fear that the regional court may undermine the global system of criminal justice.

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