There are many hurdles to a successful prosecution of individuals accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity. But trying to seek justice is not a futile exercise.
Ousted president Omar al-Bashir could face the International Criminal Court for his role in Sudan's clampdown on the non-Arab people of Darfur.
With the ICC facing intense criticism and scrutiny, its member states have met to create a plan to improve the court's standing and performance.
The AU's new International Criminal Law Section offers a chance for the regional body to address root causes of conflict.
African leaders who have sought ICC involvement have all seen the court as being beneficial to the survival of their governments.
Cooperation with the Sudanese government to try al-Bashir could amount to legitimising those who themselves have been implicated in genocide
Lawyers ask ICC to investigate EU over its policy of deterring migrants from crossing the Mediterrean, the world's deadliest border.
The African Union and its member states are creating their own interpretation of immunity which will protect its heads of state from courts abroad.
The African Union's policy offers no wriggle room for a discretionary response to coups, a scourge that imperils the consolidation of democracy.
International law has deep connections to structures of power and inequality. Thankfully, committed jurists like Fatou Bensouda are fighting oppression through their unapologetic acts of resistance.
The fact that al-Bashir has been deposed will again raise questions about the former Sudanese president facing trial at the ICC.
The revolution begun by Syrians exactly eight years ago has been won – by the murderous leader they rebelled against. But the struggle for freedom, dignity and justice Syrians launched is not over.
The UN doesn't have the magic formula to end tensions in Burundi. It's up to the country's leadership.
The recent acquittals should be seen as a vindication of the ICC as an independent and impartial judicial institution.
The volatile conditions in the Central African Republic make the administration of justice difficult.
Despite former Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo's absence, he continued to influence opposition party loyalties in the country.
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.
How pirates helped to shape international criminal law.
The UN's Genocide Convention turns 70 this month. It's time for the world to reaffirm its commitment to the international law and show the moral courage of our convictions.
Pik Botha defended apartheid and South Africa's occupation of Namibia, but in the end helped end both.