Criticism of the ICC on the grounds of anti-African bias or neo-colonialism is simplistic. It overstates the power of the ICC and underestimates the ability of African states to manipulate the Court for their own ends.
Nick Branson, ARI Senior Researcher, was quoted in an article about Guillaume Soro, President of the National Assembly of Cote d’Ivoire which appears in the September print edition of The Africa Report.
There has never been a meaningful attempt to consult Ivorians on the content of their constitution, let alone reach a consensus. The current process is a missed opportunity, but it should not come as a surprise.