Abel Knottnerus


Abel Knottnerus is a PhD researcher in International Law and International Relations at the University of Groningen. He will defend his dissertation ‘African Presidents and the International Criminal Court’ in January 2018. This dissertation provides a detailed legal analysis of the African Union’s concerns about the prosecution and trial of sitting Heads of State and Government. His previous contributions on this topic include: Africa and the ICC: Perceptions of Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2016 – together with Kamari Clarke and Eefje de Volder).

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The Immunity of al-Bashir: The Latest Turn in the Jurisprudence of the ICC

On 6 July 2017, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ICC issued a new decision in the case of Omar al-Bashir. The Chamber ruled that South Africa failed to comply with its obligation to arrest the President of Sudan by welcoming him for a summit of the African Union two years earlier. This decision did not come as…

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