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Oct 13, 2015

Strathmore University Law School hosts The Intellectual Dialogue Forum

The Intellectual Dialogue Forum in Kenya convened a one day seminar at Strathmore University Law School on October 2nd 2015. The dialogue was led by Dr. Duncan Ojwang a member of faculty at the University of Nairobi.

The seminar was designed to develop a high level interactive exchange between scholars (Kenya law schools), practitioners of law and international relations, as well as policy makers. The seminar’s overarching objectives were to improve the participants’ knowledge of the amended Rule 68, and to generate a practical, objective, and constructive understanding of Kenya’s position and international law on treaties and state sovereignty.

 

The panelists present included; Prof. Macharia Munene with a discussion on sovereignty, power and international criminal court arguing that possession of power is the main ingredient in the excising of sovereignty; Dr. Ken Obura speaking on Rue 68 and Kenya’s argument on lack of state consent citing reservation, interpretation the right against retrospectively and the right to cross examine as the main issues arising in the Kenyan situation.

 

Prof. Simeon Sungi, in his presentation on Kenya cases and the future of international criminal court prosecutorial policies, acknowledged three avenues that a situation can be referred to the ICC, he observed that the most controversial one is the proprio motu.

 

On the discussion diplomacy and foreign affairs as a tool to protect countries, Dr. Patrick Maluki noted that diplomacy is often confused with foreign policy, but the terms are not synonymous and that the purpose of diplomacy is to strengthen the state, nation, or organization it serves in relation to others by advancing the interests in its charge.

 

A final presentation made by Kisemei Mutisya was on the International Criminal Court and Kenya. 

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