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Mr. Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf

Judge Abdulqawi A. Yusuf
International Court of Justice

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Regional Organizations
African Union
The Role of the African Union
in the Maintenance of Peace and Security in Africa
This lecture focuses on the role of the African Union (AU) in the maintenance of peace and security in the African continent. It compares the respective roles of the Organization of African Union (OAU) and its successor, the AU, in this field and analyzes the principles, rules and mechanisms set out in the AU Constitutive Act and their application in internal conflicts in Africa. It also examines the relationship between the AU Peace and Security Council and the UN Security Council in the maintenance of peace and security in Africa as well as in the application of the principle of humanitarian intervention in internal conflicts in Africa.

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Regional Organizations
African Union
The Role of the African Union in the Maintenance of Peace and Security in Africa

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A. Legal Instruments
Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907. (Text of the Conventions available on the website of Yale Law School’s Avalon Project)

Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice, San Francisco, 26 June 1945.

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, Paris, 9 December 1948.

Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Paris, 10 December 1948.

Geneva Convention for the amelioration of the condition of the wounded and sick in armed forces in the field, 12 August 1949 relative to the Protection of Civilians in Time of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 31.

Geneva Convention for the amelioration of the condition of the wounded, sick and shipwrecked members of armed forces at sea, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 85.

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Prisoners of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 135.

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 287.

Charter of the Organization of the African Unity, Addis Ababa, 25 May 1963, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 479, p. 39.

Cairo Protocol on Mediation, Conciliation and Arbitration, July 1964.

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts (Protocol I), Geneva, 8 June 1977, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1125, p. 3.

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the protection of victims of non-international armed conflicts (Protocol II), Geneva, 8 June 1977, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1125, p. 609.

Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, Report of the Secretary-General pursuant to paragraph 2 of Security Council resolution 808 (1993) (S/25704), 3 May 1993.

Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Security Council resolution 955 (1994) of 8 November 1994.

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Rome, 17 July 1998, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2187, p. 3.

Constitutive Act of the African Union, Lomé, 11 July 2000, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2158, p. 3.

Protocol Relating to the Establishment of the Peace and the Security Council of the African Union, Durban, 9 July 2002

Protocol on Amendments of the Constitutive Act of the African Union, Addis Ababa, 3 February 2003, and Maputo, 11 July 2003.

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the adoption of an additional distinctive emblem (Protocol III), Geneva, 8 December 2005, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2404, p. 261.
B. Documents
Organization of the African Unity, Declaration on a Mechanism for Conflict Prevention, Management and Resolution (Cairo Declaration), 29 June 1993.