Botswana and the ICC

July 5, 2009

While I’m not a full convert to the idea of international justice (as currently constituted), the ICC is an institution which certainly has some value to it, especially in the nasty conflicts that seem to infect Africa.

So, I was mildly encouraged to see that the recent decision by the African Union not to support the indictment against Sudan’s President Bashir was perhaps not as unanimous as first thought.

I’ve long been a fan of the Botswanan model of post-colonial governance (hint: they’re about the only country that got it right, and it shows), and now they’re proving that, not only can they run their own show effectively, but they’re also capable and willing to enforce international standards of procedural justice.

Nicely done.