The Development of Criminal Justice Systems in Africa

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Judge Malcolm Simmons


I recently attended a conference in Kenya at which the eminent Judge, Malcolm Simmons, gave a presentation on the strengths and weaknesses of international criminal law as it has been applied and the potential of regional mechanisms and responses.

While African systems were the main focus, the functioning and practices of regional criminal justice systems were discussed.

The conference looked at understanding criminal justice and transitional justice in an African context; the challenges faced by hybrid and national court prosecutions; the hurdles to implementing a regional criminal court; the potential for corporate criminal responsibility and issues surrounding sexual and gender-based violence.

This was a highly-informative presentation attended by senior members of regional ministries of justice, senior judges, prosecutors and lawyers.