My research focuses mainly on the politics of international justice. My current book project explores the ways in which states — especially those presumed to be weaker in the international system — use the International Criminal Court (ICC) as leverage in their domestic conflicts and to empower themselves in the pursuit of their political interests.  Doing so, I postulate a dynamic process by which states and international courts are in a constant struggle over power and influence, within those international legal regimes.

I’m also interested in studying the Global South in/and IR.

Selected Publications

Ba, Oumar. 2017. “International Justice and the Postcolonial Condition.” Africa Today, 63(4): 45-62.

Ba, Oumar. 2017. “Dislocated Narratives and Kenyan Life Fragments: Political Violence, Nationhood, and Justice in Flux.” Journal of Narrative Politics, 3(2): 108-119.

Ba, Oumar. 2017. “Agents of Change: How International Courts Alter International Politics.” Review of “Karen J. Alter. (2014). The New Terrain of International Law: Courts, Politics, Rights. Princeton University Press. International Studies Review.

Ba, Oumar. 2015. “The Court is the Political Arena: Performance and Political Narratives at the International Criminal Court.” African Journal of International Criminal Justice, 1(2): 174-189.

Ba, Oumar; Eizenga, Daniel. 2015. “Mobilizing for Elections: The Burkinabe Context.” APSA Africa Workshops Newsletter, Vol. 3 (1), November 2015


For a comprehensive list of my publications, please refer to my CV.