Tag: Africa

Africa in the Dock: On ICC Bias

The International Criminal Court does not, and cannot, exist outside politics and its activities reflect that. ‘Cheers and chants, tears and embraces, rhythmic stomping and applause’: such was the reaction by diplomats at the close of the Rome Conference in 1998 establishing a statute for the creation of an International Criminal Court (ICC).1 Such wild…

Wanted For Love, But Not Here: The Travelling Rights of African LGBT Activists

Wanted for Love

In the Netherlands, the attempt by the “Wanted for Love” campaign to support LGBT activists in Africa renders “Africa” the “homophobic Other” of Dutch homonationalism. One of the dangers of awareness campaigns centred on social media is that they risk being online popularity contests. The [Dutch] national “Wanted For Love” campaign—a collaborative initiative of Hivos…

Post-Colonies and Capitalism: Why the Colonial Still Matters

At a recent workshop organised by the Westminster International Law and Theory Centre, Doreen Massey and David Harvey both spoke about space, spatiality, and politics. While there are many significant differences in the intellectual projects of these two sages of critical geography, they also agreed about many things. Thinking spatially offers us a way of…