Event: After Al-Bashir? South Africa, International Justice and the ICC (July 2, 2015, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Cape Town)

After Al-Bashir? South Africa, International Justice and the ICC
Date: July 2, 2015, 13h00 to 15h00
Location: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation Offices, 105 Hatfield Street, Cape Town

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) Public Dialogue

The recent presence and non-arrest of Omar Al-Bashir, the President of Sudan, in South Africa, while he was attending the African Union (AU) summit, is, in many ways, a turning point in the way South Africa engages with the international justice architecture. This will have future implications for the International Criminal Court (ICC). It has also raised issues relating to constitutionalism, the rule of law and domestic politics in South Africa. What are the  political and legal complexities precipitated by this situation? The Public Dialogue will ask difficult questions about South Africa’s legal obligations under the Rome Statute, and the fraught politics that defines international justice in a world of global inequality. The Dialogue will further interrogate the implications of the Al-Bashir non-arrest for the rule of law in South Africa. It will also look forward and ask: what should be expected in terms of South Africa’s relationship with the International Criminal Court?


Prof Dire Tladi, Special Advisor to the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) and Professor of International Law, University of Pretoria

Prof Jeremy Sarkin, Extraordinary Professor of Law, University of South Africa

Ms Kelly-Jo Bluen, Project Leader, International Justice, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

Chair: Dr Tim Murithi, Head, Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation

A light lunch will be served. All are welcome!

Free Parking is available at the Cape Town Holocaust Museum parking on Hatfield Street, opposite IJR.

For catering purposes please RSVP to Anthea Flink, at aflink@ijr.org.za; Tel: 021-202-4071