While steps taken in recent weeks towards Côte d'Ivoire soon becoming a full member of the Court are greatly encouraging, the hard work is only beginning of bringing national laws into line with the international legal norms set out in the Rome Statute to ensure domestic prosecutions of grave crimes.
A year on from successfully having them frozen, the Egyptian state has yet to recover a penny of the £85 million of assets thought to belong to Hosni Mabarak in the UK. Staff at its specially established Illicit Gains Department, despairing of any prospect of cooperation from the UK Treasury, filed a lawsuit against it last month.
Africa's Unity depends largely on the ability of the continent to move forward in its development at the national level first. One African currency and a united political system will do little to bring the continent out of poverty if political elites at the national level remain corrupt and untrustworthy.