The ICC is meant to be a Court of last resort, to ensure justice for victims and to end impunity. It's not living up to these promises.
Yahya Jammeh will certainly be removed if West Africa decides to use force. But that will come at a heavy price for The Gambia, the neighbouring states and the world as a whole
The Gambian election dispute is not the first that ECOWAS has confronted. Côte d’Ivoire’s 2010 presidential election is a case in point. There it resorted to military action to enforce the outcome.
The gun attack at a hotel marks another bloody chapter in West Africa's fight against Islamist militancy.
How can the International Criminal Court serve justice in a climate of intense rumour and bitter suspicion?