(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers.) In preparation for an international conference, the Africa Interest Group of the American Society of International Law is seeking abstracts of paper proposals.
The overarching topic is "Africa and the Future of International Criminal Justice," the title of the conference, to be held, July 14 to 16, 2010, at the School of Law of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The school's program in Law, Justice & Development in Africa is organizing the event along with the ASIL interest group; supporting their work is the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.
Conference themes include:
► The Post-Colonial African State and Impunity: Governance, Conflicts, Human Rights Violations and Accountability
► Peace in Africa's Conflict Zones and Justice for Gross Atrocities: Mutually Exclusive or Interdependent Ends?
► The Impact of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone on Impunity in Africa
► Africa and the Politics of International Criminal Justice: Implications for a Universally Credible International Criminal Justice Mechanism
► Africa and the International Crimial Court: Any Genuine Objections or Just a Disregard for Treaty Obligations?
► Africa and the Complementarity Principle of the International Criminal Court: Implications for the Domestic Rule of Law and Justice in Dealing with Atrocity Crimes
► Impunity and Justice: Any African International Criminal Justice Alternatives?
►The Limits of the International Criminal Court in Achieving Peace and Justice in Africa
Deadline for proposals, of no more than 1,000 words, is November 15, 2009; details here.