Africa has been the site of some of the world’s worst atrocities. Africa is also home to some of the most innovative mechanisms, ranging from truth commissions to national and international criminal trials, to address accountability to the perpetrators of violence. Yet, African voices are often marginalized in global conversations about peace, justice and reconciliation. The AJICJ is a refereed and interdisciplinary scholarly periodical that aims to fill this gap. It is a forum for international criminal law and transitional justice issues in Africa and the developing world as analysed by authors drawn from throughout the continent and the world.
The Journal aims to create the intellectual space for profound scholarly reflection on the phenomenon of atrocity crimes in Africa and national, sub-regional, regional as well as international efforts to combat such crimes through prosecutions, traditional justice approaches or alternative mechanisms such as truth seeking and reconciliation. We hope to stimulate an Intra-South and Global dialogue on the complexities facing societies seeking to transit from war and other collective traumas to peace. With these goals in mind, AJICJ will seek to give voice to a diversity of perspectives on fundamental, long-term and systemic problems concerning justice and accountability, as well as emerging issues, and possible solutions to them.
We are particularly interested in views from below and new streams of scholarship that engage in critical reflections from law and the social sciences based on empirical observations and experience as well theoretical and cross disciplinary methodologies. The Journal is intended for anyone interested in issues of international criminal law and questions of transitional justice. These include academics, government and international tribunal officials, practitioners such as judges, attorneys, legal assistants, students, activists as well as any individuals and NGOs concerned with how best to understand the place of law and other transitional measures in war and mass violence.
In addition to scholarly articles and reports from the field, AJICJ will contain a section for book reviews, case reports on significant national and international decisions from African and other international courts and tribunals, as well as special sections on African state practice and shorter comments on current events and compilations of hard to obtain documents. The Journal will seek to encourage creativity and innovation by awarding several prizes for the best articles published in each volume: one to a doctoral student, the second for an author under 40, and another for a scholar, of any age, who has spent at least 5 years in academia in an African university.