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Trial Justice

Author: Tim Allen
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1848137931
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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.

The Lord S Resistance Army

Author: Tim Allen
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1848139039
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The Lord's Resistance Army is Africa’s most persistent and notorious 'terrorist' group. Led by the mysterious Joseph Kony, it has committed a series of horrific human rights abuses, including massacres and mutilations. Since the mid 1980s, it has abducted tens of thousands of people, including large numbers of children forced to train as fighters. The IC in 2005 issued warrants for Kony and his top commanders, and the United States is backing a military campaign against the group. But the LRA survives, continuing to inspire both fascination and fear. Authoritative but provocative, The Lord’s Resistance Army provides the most comprehensive analysis of the group available. From the roots of the violence to the oppressive responses of the Ugandan government and the failures of the international community, this collection looks at this most brutal of conflicts in fascinating depth, and includes a remarkable first-hand interview with Kony himself.

Sexuality And Social Justice In Africa

Author: Marc Epprecht
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1780323840
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The persecution of people in Africa on the basis of their assumed or perceived homosexual orientation has received considerable coverage in the popular media in recent years. Gay-bashing by political and religious figures in Zimbabwe and Gambia; draconian new laws against lesbians and gays and their supporters in Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda; and the imprisonment and extortion of gay men in Senegal and Cameroon have all rightly sparked international condemnation. However, much of the analysis has been highly critical of African leadership and culture without considering local nuances, historical factors and external influences that are contributing to the problem. Such commentary also overlooks grounds for optimism in the struggle for sexual rights and justice in Africa, not just for sexual minorities but for the majority population as well. Based on pioneering research on the history of homosexualities and engagement with current lgbti and HIV/AIDS activism, Marc Epprecht provides a sympathetic overview of the issues at play and a hopeful outlook on the potential of sexual rights for all.

The Great African Land Grab

Author: Lorenzo Cotula
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1780323123
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Over the past few years, large-scale land acquisitions in Africa have stoked controversy, making headlines in media reports across the world. Land that only a short time ago seemed of little outside interest is now being sought by international investors to the tune of hundreds of thousands of hectares. Private-sector expectations of higher world food and commodity prices and government concerns about longer-term national food and energy security have both made land a more attractive asset. Dubbed ‘land grabs’ in the media, large-scale land acquisitions have become one of the most talked about and contentious topics amongst those studying, working in or writing about Africa. Some commentators have welcomed this trend as a bearer of new livelihood opportunities. Others have countered by pointing to negative social impacts, including loss of local land rights, threats to local food security and the risk that large-scale investments may marginalize family farming. Lorenzo Cotula, a leading expert in the field, casts a critical eye over the most reliable evidence on this hotly contested topic, examining the implications of land deals in Africa both for its people and for world agriculture and food security.

Climate Change In Africa

Author: Camilla Toulmin
Publisher: Zed Books Ltd.
ISBN: 1848136285
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Climate change is a major challenge for us all, but for African countries it represents a particular threat. This book outlines current thinking and evidence and the impact such change will have on Africa's development prospects. Global warming above the level of two degrees Celsius would be enormously damaging for poorer parts of the world, leading to crises with crops, livestock, water supplies and coastal areas. Within Africa, it's likely to be the continent's poorest people who are hit hardest. In this accessible and authoritative introduction to an often-overlooked aspect of the environment, Camilla Toulmin uses case studies to look at issues ranging from natural disasters to biofuels, and from conflict to the oil industry. Finally, the book addresses what future there might be for Africa in a carbon-constrained world.

Poverty And Development

Author: Tim Allen
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198776260
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The new edition of this immensely successful textbook will help students of development economics to see through simplistic analyses and solutions to an understanding of what is perhaps the world's most complex and pressing problem area. Each chapter, written by a specialist in the field, includes discussion questions and chapter summaries, and is generously illustrated with diagrams, tables and photographs.Contents:Part 1: Conceptions of Poverty and Development 1. Poverty and the 'end of development'--Alan Thomas 2. Meanings and Views of Development--Alan Thomas Part 2: A World of Problems? 3. Understanding Famine and Hunger--Ben Crow 4. Diseases of Poverty--Gordon Wilson and Melissa Parker5. Unemployment and Making a Living--David Wield and Joanna Chattaway6. Is the World Over-populated?--Tom Hewitt and Ines Smyth7. Environmental Degradation and Sustainability--Phillip Woodhouse8. A World at War--Tim Allen9. Agencies of Development--Alan Thomas and Tim Allen Part 3: The Great Transformation? 10. Diversity in Pre-Capitalist Societies--Janet Bujra11. Colonialism, Capitalism, Development--Henry Bernstein12. The Power of Colonial States--David Potter 13. Half a Century of Development--Tom Hewitt14. Socialist Models of Development--Andy Kilminster15. The Second 'Great Transformation'? Capitalism at the end of the Twentieth Century--John Harriss Part 4: Understanding Development Now 16. Sustainable Globalization? The Global Politics of Development and Exclusion in the New World Order--Anthony McGrew 17. Democratization,'Good Governance' and Development--David Potter 18. Rethinking Gender Matters in Development--Ruth Pearson19. Technology, Poverty and Development--Gordon Wilson and Richard Heeks20. Life in the Cities--Jo Beale21. Taking Culture Seriously--Tim AllenPart 5: The Future of Development 22. Genetic Engineering of Development? Myths and possibilities--Joanna Chataway, Les Levidow and Susan Carr23. The New Politics of Identity--Tim Allen and John Eade24. Industrialization and Development: Prospects and Dilemmas--Joanna Chataway and Tim Allen

Justice In Conflict

Author: Mark Kersten
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0198777140
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What happens when the international community simultaneously pursues peace and justice in response to ongoing conflicts? What are the effects of interventions by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on the wars in which the institution intervenes? Is holding perpetrators of mass atrocitiesaccountable a help or hindrance to conflict resolution? This book offers an in-depth examination of the effects of interventions by the ICC on peace, justice and conflict processes. The "peace versus justice" debate, wherein it is argued that the ICC has either positive or negative effects on'peace', has spawned in response to the Court's propensity to intervene in conflicts as they still rage. This book is a response to, and a critical engagement with, this debate. Building on theoretical and analytical insights from the fields of conflict and peace studies, conflict resolution, and negotiation theory, the book develops a novel analytical framework to study the Court's effects on peace, justice, and conflict processes. This framework is applied to two cases:Libya and northern Uganda. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, the core of the book examines the empirical effects of the ICC on each case. The book also examines why the ICC has the effects that it does, delineating the relationship between the interests of states that refer situations to the Court andthe ICC's institutional interests, arguing that the negotiation of these interests determines which side of a conflict the ICC targets and thus its effects on peace, justice, and conflict processes. While the effects of the ICC's interventions are ultimately and inevitably mixed, the book makes a unique contribution to the empirical record on ICC interventions and presents a novel and sophisticated means of studying, analyzing, and understanding the effects of the Court's interventions inLibya, northern Uganda - and beyond.

The International Criminal Court

Author: Roy S. Lee
Publisher: Transnational Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 9781571052094
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Through the eyes of those who actually conducted the negotiations, each of the 28 chapters chapter focuses on how the Elements and Rules were negotiated, what the main issues were, why certain provisions were included, and why certain proposals were deliberately left out. In the absence of any official travaux preparatoires, this work facilitates a better understanding of the legislative intent and serves as a guide to future application of the Statute by the Court.