International Criminal Court: South Africa's Withdrawal

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"South Africa's main opposition party on Monday tried to block a government plan to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, saying the move is illegal and that the country's top court should intervene. [...] Last week, South Africa notified the United Nations that it will withdraw from the treaty that created the International Criminal Court, alarming international human rights groups and raising fears of an African exodus from the court, which has more than 120 member states." (CTV News)

René Provost, Faculty of Law, McGill University

"The decision by South Africa to withdraw from the International Criminal Court poses a real threat to the continued vitality of this institution, as it may give a green light to other governments having reservations of one kind or another about the court to do the same.""The decision by South Africa to withdraw from the International Criminal Court poses a real threat to the continued vitality of this institution, as it may give a green light to other governments having reservations of one kind or another about the court to do the same."—René Provost

Professor Provost teaches and conducts research in public international law, international human rights law, international humanitarian law, legal theory and legal anthropology. He is particularly interested in human rights, international criminal law, the law of armed conflict, and the intersection of law and culture. In September 2015, he was awarded a fellowship by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation for his research project that aims to explore the possibility of convincing armed, non-state groups to apply justice by respecting minimum standards of international humanitarian law in conflict zones.

rene.provost [at] mcgill.ca  (English, French)

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