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Title: The International Criminal Court and the end of impunity in Kenya
Author: Nichols, Lionel
ISNI:       0000 0004 4618 8141
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2014
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This thesis considers the extent to which the International Criminal Court's Office of the Prosecutor ('OTP') has been successful in realising its self-defined mandate of ending impunity in Kenya. In particular, it focuses on the OTP's attempts to encourage domestic investigations and prosecutions as part of its strategy of positive complementarity. This strategy has been hailed as being the best and perhaps the only way that the OTP may use its finite resources to make a significant contribution to ending impunity. Despite this, no empirical study has been published that evaluates the effectiveness of this strategy and the impact that it has on ending impunity in the targeted situation country. This thesis seeks to address this gap in the literature by conducting a case study on the OTP's implementation of its strategy of positive complementarity in Kenya following that country's post-election violence in 2007/08. In doing so, I also hope to make a modest contribution to existing debates over the effectiveness of the ICC as an institution as well as international criminal justice and transitional justice more generally.
Supervisor: Pirie, Fernanda Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: civil rights ; conflict ; criminal law and human rights ; criminal law and public international law ; criminology and security,rights and justice ; criminology and victims ; human rights ; governance in Africa ; Africa ; economic and social history ; history of Africa ; International Criminal Law ; International Criminal Court ; Kenya ; Impunity ; Transitional Justice ; prosecutions ; accountability ; crimes against humanity