Transnational Accountability for Atrocity Crimes in Africa.

Babafemi and Regina smile for the camera

The pursuit of justice for victims of atrocity crimes committed in some African countries has ranged from national trials to trials before international criminal tribunals. However, with suspects fleeing from their countries to Europe and North America among other places, justice for victims can be elusive. This presentation examines the ways perpetrators have been brought to justice in Euro-American countries to close the impunity gap, and its implications for the externalization of justice.

Speaker Name

Babafemi Akinrinade, Regina Jefferies, Niall Ó Murchú and Amir Abedi




Speaker Bio

Dr. Babafemi Akinrinade is a Professor of Human Rights at Fairhaven College, WWU. His teaching and research focus on international law and mass atrocities. He holds the LLB and LLM degrees of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria, and the LLM and JSD degrees of the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is the Associate Director and Interim Director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at WWU. He is the author of Atrocity Crimes, Atrocity Laws and Justice in Africa (2021).

Regina Jefferies is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Law, Diversity & Justice at Western Washington University and earned her PhD from the University of New South Wales in Sydney. She is an Affiliate of the Border Policy Research Institute, the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, and is a member of the International Journal of Refugee Law, Case Law Editorial Team. She holds a Master of Studies from the University of Oxford and a Juris Doctorate from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on street-level bureaucrats, policy implementation, technology, and legal compliance in the context of immigration and refugee law.

Niall Ó Murchú is Professor of Global Studies and Political Economy at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. He teaches in the areas of global studies, political economy, and film studies as well as in the Fairhaven Core. He coordinates the World Issues Forum.

Amir Abedi is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Western Washington University. His research interests include political parties and party systems in advanced industrial democracies and western European politics.