The Sierra Leone Special Court and its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law

The Sierra Leone Special Court and its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law

By: Charles Chernor Jalloh (editor)Hardback

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The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) is the third modern international criminal tribunal supported by the United Nations and the first to be situated where the crimes were committed. This timely, important and comprehensive book is the first to critically assess the impact and legacy of the SCSL for Africa and international criminal law. Contributors include leading scholars and respected practitioners with inside knowledge of the tribunal, who analyze cutting-edge and controversial issues with significant implications for international criminal law and transitional justice. These include joint criminal enterprise; forced marriage; enlisting and using child soldiers; attacks against United Nations peacekeepers; the tension between truth commissions and criminal trials in the first country to simultaneously have the two; and the questions of whether it is permissible under international law for states to unilaterally confer blanket amnesties to local perpetrators of universally condemned international crimes.

About Author

Charles Chernor Jalloh is Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. A member of the Ontario Bar, he was a Legal Counsel in the Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section, Canadian Department of Justice; Associate Legal Officer in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; and the Legal Advisor to the Office of the Principal Defender, Special Court for Sierra Leone, where he also served as court-appointed interim counsel to former Liberian President Charles Taylor in 2007. He is active in the international criminal bar serving, inter alia, on the Advisory Panel to the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia; on the Advisory Board of the War Crimes Committee, International Bar Association; as an elected Co-Chair of the American Society of International Law's International Criminal Law Interest Group; and as a Fellow of the Sierra Leone Institute of International Law. Professor Jalloh, who has published widely on issues of international criminal justice especially as they pertain to Africa, is editor of Consolidated Legal Texts for the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2007) and the lead editor of the first comprehensive multi-volume Law Reports of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2012). He is Founding Editor-in-Chief of the African Journal of Legal Studies, a peer-reviewed journal of The Africa Law Institute.


Part I. The Expectations of the Sierra Leone Tribunal; Part II. Approach to Individual Criminal Responsibility; Part III. Approach to Substantive International Crimes; Part IV. Approach to Challenging Issues in International Criminal Law; Part V. Funding, Process and Cooperation; Part VI. Institutional Innovations in the Practice of the Special Court for Sierra Leone; Part VII. Special Challenges Facing the Sierra Leone Tribunal; Part VIII. The Impact and Legacy of the Sierra Leone Tribunal.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781107029149
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 824
  • ID: 9781107029149
  • weight: 1630
  • ISBN10: 1107029147

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