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“In the interests of justice?” The International Criminal Court, peace talks and the failed quest for war crimes accountability in northern Uganda

Macdonald, Anna (2017) “In the interests of justice?” The International Criminal Court, peace talks and the failed quest for war crimes accountability in northern Uganda. Journal of Eastern African Studies, 11 (4). pp. 628-648. ISSN 1753-1055

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17531055.2017.1379702

Abstract

This article analyzes the first peace talks to take place against the backdrop of an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation: the Juba Talks between the Lord’s Resistance Army and the Government of Uganda (2006–2008). Drawing on field research and original source material, it departs from well-worn peace versus justice debates and provides new empirical material to explore how the presence of the court shaped domestic political dynamics at Juba. It argues that at the level of broad rhetoric, the presence of the court created significant discord between negotiating parties. On a practical level, however, it created space for consensus, but not the type envisaged by international justice promoters. The court came to be seen by both sides as an intervention that needed to be contained and controlled. This resulted in the politically expedient Agreement on Accountability and Reconciliation, which showcased a transitional justice “tool-kit,” but was based on a shared desire to evade the jurisdiction of international criminal justice. Given its practical complexity, the transitional justice agreement was ultimately rejected by Joseph Kony, who became increasingly distrustful of his own negotiating team at Juba. In findings relevant to other contexts, the article presents in-depth analyses of how domestic political dynamics around the ICC intervention produced a national transitional justice framework designed to protect both parties from war crimes accountability

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rjea20/current
Additional Information: © 2017 Informa UK
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: J Political Science > JX International law
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Departments > International Development
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 14:35
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 12:14
Projects: ES/P004911/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/84655

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