How international justice can go local

In his recent diatribe against the International Criminal Court, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton might have given some the impression that the International Criminal Court had somehow conjured up international law, writes Eric Witte. That is not the case. Instead, the court is the keystone of a nascent system of institutions enforcing already-existing laws: […]

Burkina Faso, ITFC sign billion dollar agreement

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, has announced several major initiatives during a special event sponsored by ITFC at the 5th edition of the Rebranding Africa Forum (RAF) being held in Burkina Faso from 5-6 October. The high-level event was attended by several African Heads of […]

US Congress committee backs war crimes court for Liberia

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday supporting full implementation of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendation for the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia. The resolution comes on the heels of Liberian President George Weah’s first visit to the United States since taking office in January 2018. […]

Kenya to host international open data conference

The 6th International Open Data Conference (IODC) will be held in Africa for the first time, in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2020. The announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the 5th IODC 2018 held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from September 27 – 28, 2018 under the theme “The Future is Open.” This year’s IODC […]

Sierra Leone: Rights lawyers file case against ECOMOG

One fighting force during Sierra Leone’s armed conflict has not yet been held accountable for the egregious crimes committed against civilians: The Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG). Nevertheless, there is hope that this impunity gap may close since, recently, a collective of human right lawyers filed a case to the Supreme […]

Nordic Africa Days held in Swedish city of Uppsala

The Nordic Africa Days (NAD) 2018 ended on Friday, September 21, having welcomed 260 scholars from more than 40 countries to Uppsala, Sweden. In the 33 panels, participants discussed perspectives on this year’s theme, African Mobilities – reshaping narratives and practices of circulation and exchange. “We are very proud to have brought together so many […]

Digital transformation in tourism is a priority

World Tourism Day 2018 was observed in Budapest, Hungary on Thursday (27 September 2018) with the official celebration focusing on the digital transformation in tourism, a World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) priority. The event examined how investment in new technology provides the sector with opportunities for innovation. Introducing a new seminar-based format, the official celebration provided […]

Egypt: Swedish Institute to be relocated

Sweden has terminated the contract with Egypt on the establishment of the Swedish Institute in Alexandria. However, dialogue activities as such will continue. Due to practical difficulties, such as the rental agreement being terminated and limited travel links to Alexandria, the Swedish Government has decided to relocate the institute. The plan is to move the […]

Russia, Africa to talk trade and investment in November

Africa, with its growing and diversifying economies, has become one of the most exciting investment destinations globally. Foreign direct investments coming into Africa continue to rise, making the continent a focus of much international attention from a wide range of players. Squeezed between the United States and European Union sanctions, Russia has reinforced its commitment […]

Sweden: Burkinabe farmer among winners of top award

The laureates of this year’s Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, were announced Monday in Stockholm, Sweden. The 2018 Honorary Award goes to anti-corruption champions Thelma Aldana (Guatemala) & Iván Velásquez (Colombia) “for their innovative work in exposing abuse of power and prosecuting corruption, thus rebuilding people’s trust in public institutions.” […]