chapter  IV
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Criminal Law and Gender-Based Violence

This chapter explores the key normative developments relating to the pursuit of accountability for international crimes in the Great Lakes region, focusing on the potential contribution of the Pact to the evolving regional legal framework. In the light of the challenge facing the fight against impunity for international crimes in Sudan it suggests how the Pact might play a role in spurring law reform and as a baseline for negotiations both in Darfur and the new constitutional arrangements in the North and South. The Pact covers a broad range of areas, from economic integration, to mutual defence, to the use of natural resources. Impunity for international crimes played a major role in generating conflict in the region, the International Conference on the Great Lakes region (ICGLR) is the African regional arrangement that has strongly embraced, at a normative level, the connection between international justice and peace and development.