Trial Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Lord's Resistance Army

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Zed Books, Jun 12, 2006 - Law - 176 pages
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The first major case before the International Criminal Court is the appalling situation in northern Uganda where Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army abducted thousands, many of them children, and systematically tortured, raped, maimed and killed them. This book argues that much of the antipathy to the ICC is based upon ignorance and misconception. Drawing on field research in Uganda, it shows that victims are much more interested in punitive international justice than has been suggested, and that the ICC has made resolution of the war more likely.

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The book contains helpful and informative data on what's going on in Uganda, particularly on Kony. For instance, did you know Kony asserts that he can become possessed by spirits at will? Information of this kind was useful to me. However, I cannot take Allen's work as academic, despite his background. Several of his assertions, throughout the book are without merit as he doesn't reference everything he writes. I often found myself reading something interesting and feeling disappointed that no supplementary material was provided for a follow-up. 


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Tim Allen is a Reader at the London School of Economics and Programme Director of the post-graduate programme in Development Studies.

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