Chad – Dakar: Extraordinary Habré trial is litmus test for Pan-African justice

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Abstract

From 20 July onwards, Chad’s previous despot,
Hissène Habré, will be in the dock on charges of
crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes
before the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC)
in the Senegalese court system. His trial will be
Africa’s first to proceed to trial under the guise of
universal jurisdiction – the principle that
international crimes have no borders. Its decisive
start signals a judicial rendez-vous with the ghosts
of Chad’s brutal past and will bring to a close a
protracted legal drama, meandering through a
myriad of jurisdictions. Next to being a catalysing
forum for witness testimony, the Habré trial will
above all be a litmus test for ‘Pan-African’ justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-9
Number of pages5
JournalNewsletter Criminology and International Crimes
Volume10
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • Habre
  • Senegal
  • Chad
  • Truth Commission
  • Universal Jurisdiction
  • Extraordinary African Chambers
  • Torture
  • ICJ
  • Belgium

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