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Trial Justice

The International Criminal Court and the Lord's Resistance Army

Tim Allen

Trial Justice

Tim Allen

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781842777374 Published March 2006 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $134.95 ISBN: 9781842777367 Published March 2006 For sale in North and South America only
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has run into serious problems with its first big case -- the situation in northern Uganda.

There is no doubt that appalling crimes have occurred here. Over a million people have been forced to live in overcrowded displacement camps under the control of the Ugandan army. Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army has abducted thousands, many of them children and has systematically tortured, raped, maimed and killed. Nevertheless, the ICC has confronted outright hostility from a wide range of groups, including traditional leaders, representatives of the Christian Churches and non-governmental organizations. Even the Ugandan government, which invited the court to become involved, has been expressing serious reservations.

Tim Allen assesses the controversy. While recognizing the difficulties involved, he shows that much of the antipathy towards the ICC's intervention is misplaced. He also draws out important wider implications of what has happened. Criminal justice sets limits to compromise and undermines established procedures of negotiation with perpetrators of violence. Events in Uganda have far reaching implications for other war zones - and not only in Africa. Amnesties and peace talks may never be quite the same again.
Contents
1: Introduction: Ending Impunity
International Law and the Most Serious Crimes
A Resurgence of International Criminal Trials
The Creation of the ICC

2. The Coming of the Lord's Resistance Army
Political Upheavals, Spirituality and Guerrilla War
Joseph Kony and the LRA
War and Counter-Insurgency Strategies

3. Displacement and Abduction
Living in IDP Camps
Living with the Lord's Resistance Army
Some Experiences of Abduction

4. Amnesty, Peace Talks, and Prosecution
The Change in Political Context
The Amnesty Act
Reactions to the ICC in Uganda
Legal Aspects of the ICC Intervention

5. Concerns about the Court
The ICC is Biased
Assessment of the Evidence
The ICC Exacerbates the Violence and Endangers Vulnerable Groups
Assessment of the Evidence
The ICC is Spoiling the Peace Process
Assessment of the Evidence

6. Justice and Healing
Institutionalization of 'Mato oput'
A Diversity of Local Views
Chiefs, Churches and Spirits
The Evidence on Healing and Justice

7. Conclusion: A Learning Process

Notes
References
Index
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