Between Rhetoric and Action The Politics, Processes and Practice of the ICC’s Work in the DRC

“This monograph attempts to respond to some of the questions raised in respect of the work of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In this regard, it has three main objectives. First, by focusing on a State Party where the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor is currently conducting investigations, it considers the cooperation relationship between the ICC and the DRC. In this regard, it appears that, irrespective
of the lack of legislation implementing the Rome Statute in that country, the DRC continues to cooperate with the ICC in its investigations. Second, by examining the practice of the Court since the situation was referred to it, the monograph considers the role of politics– domestic or otherwise in the work of the ICC. Third, it examines the perceptions around the work of the ICC in various sectors of Congolese society, including government, victims, civil society and the general public. By extension, it addresses some of the questions that the work of the ICC in Africa has raised, including the allegation that the ICC is ‘targeting’ African countries and that somehow these countries are unwilling participants in the process.”