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Ending Impunity: The Case for War Crimes Trials in Liberia


Charles Chernor Jalloh


Assistant Professor and Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney Faculty Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Visiting Associate Professor, FIU College of Law

Alhagi Marong


United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda


African Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 1, p. 53, 2005
University of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper Series

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This paper argues that Liberia owes a duty under international law to investigate and prosecute the heinous crimes, including torture, rape and extra-judicial killings of innocent civilians, committed in that country by the various warring parties in the course of 14 years of brutal conflict. The authors evaluate the options for prosecution, starting with the possible use of Liberian courts. They argue that even if willing, the national courts are unable to render credible justice that protects the due process rights of the accused given the collapse of legal institutions and the paucity of financial, human and material resources in post-conflict Liberia. As an alternative, they suggest that because the Special Court for Sierra Leone initiated the accountability process with the indictment of former President Charles Taylor in 2003, and given the close links between the Liberian and Sierra Leonean conflicts, the Sierra Leone tribunal would be a more appropriate forum for international prosecutions of the high level perpetrators of gross human rights and humanitarian law violations in Liberia during the nineties.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 28

Keywords: impunity, international law, heinous crimes, international criminal law, international human rights, Liberia, Liberian courts, national courts, Special Court for Sierra Leone, SCSL, trial of President Charles Taylor, international criminal tribunals, Sierra Leone tribunal, due process

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Jalloh, Charles Chernor and Marong, Alhagi, Ending Impunity: The Case for War Crimes Trials in Liberia. African Journal of Legal Studies, Vol. 1, p. 53, 2005; University of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper Series. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1438702

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Charles Chernor Jalloh (Contact Author)
Assistant Professor and Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney Faculty Scholar, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Visiting Associate Professor, FIU College of Law ( email )
3900 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
United States
412-648-1490 (Phone)

Alhagi Marong
United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ( email )
Chambers Support Section
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Arusha
Tanzania
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