This dissertation seeks to explore the principle of complementarity, its advantages and its success so far through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) self-referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC). It seeks also to investigate whether there are
loopholes in the principle of complementarity, especially with regard to referrals by the Security Council
involving states that are not parties to the Rome Statute. In particular the dissertation seeks to explore
whether states can use this principle to hamper the efforts of the ICC to bring justice to victims of the
most serious crimes of international concern and to end impunity
Thesis (LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa)) -- University of Pretoria, 2008.
A Dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Law University of Pretoria, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Masters of Law (LLM in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa). Prepared under the supervision of Dr Raymond Koen of the Faculty of Law, University of Western Cape, South Africa