'Spanning Africa and several supranational courts, Brett and Gissel’s erudite and engaging book digs into the complexity of sovereignty to show how backlash against international justice is rooted in broader legitimation strategies African states engage.'
Kerstin Bree Carlson, University of Southern Denmark
'The authors move beyond the common obsession with the International Criminal Court to explore African states' complex entanglements with a wide range of international and regional courts. They do so with theoretical sophistication and superb empirical depth, drawing on cases across the continent. In the process, they unearth structural features of African states' relations with supranational courts that explain - rather than simply describe - African antagonisms towards the ICC and regional bodies. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the historical and political undercurrents that determine these modern phenomena.'
Phil Clark, School of Oriental and African Studies
'The relationship between African states and international courts has long called for careful, compassionate, and comprehensive reflection. This book offers just that and is bound to be essential reading for those interested in "backlash" and global equality.'
Mark Kersten, University of Toronto