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Title:Africa and international criminal justice: lessons from the Special Court for Sierra Leone
Author:Gberie, LansanaISNI
Periodical:African Security Review (ISSN 2154-0128)
Geographic term:Sierra Leone
Subjects:international criminal courts
offences against human rights
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10246029.2010.539809
Abstract:This article discusses the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the context of the ongoing debate on the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Africa. This Special Court was established at the end of Sierra Leone's 'rebel' war, to try those 'who bear the greatest responsibility' for the atrocities and rights violations which characterized this conflict. To understand why many Sierra Leonians consider the Court a signal failure, the article examines the events leading to the request for the Court's setting up made by Sierra Leone's then president, A.T. Kabbah, as well as its modus operandi since it was launched in 2002. The article concludes that, by netting only minor figures during the war, victim satisfaction remains moot, and by so completely restricting its inquiry to 'joint criminality', the Court constrained itself to a limited timeframe, thus failing to account for the bigger picture of the war. Notes, ref., sum. (p. VI). [ASC Leiden abstract]