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Who Wants to Talk Peace?: An Investigation of the ICC and Legitimacy – Local, Regional and International – in East African Conflict Resolution
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Since its entry into force in 2002 the International Criminal Court (ICC) has grown from 60 to 123 member states. This indicates an increasing legitimacy for the ICC and its jurisdiction over the most serious international human rights crimes. Simultaneously there has been a debate within the African Union (AU) to withdraw from the ICC. This study analyses the legitimacy and efficiency of the ICC in two cases from the East African region – Kenya and Uganda. The ICC is studied in relation to other mechanisms for peace and justice on the regional and local level. Despite the finding that the ICC is a legitimate actor in these cases, it is also found that the Court might not always be the most effective mechanism to create peace. In relation to peace and conflict, various limitations and drawbacks as well as the benefits of the ICC are discussed in the study. In conclusion a combination of mechanisms with greater awareness, not only of the national level, but also of the local and regional level, may therefore be a way forward towards a more legitimate peace building and efficient conflict resolution in this context.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 42 p.
Keyword [en]
International Criminal Court, Human Rights, Peace, Conflict, Legitimacy, East Africa, Kenya, Uganda
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302173OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-302173DiVA: diva2:956779
Educational program
Master Programme in Human Rights
Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-08-31 Last updated: 2016-09-08Bibliographically approved

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