The Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone
Fletcher Forum of World Affairs, Vol. 30, p. 107, 2006
19 Pages Posted: 25 Jul 2009 Last revised: 12 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 2017
The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) is the first independent, hybrid or 'nationalized' international criminal tribunal and also the first to be located in the same country as the theater of conflict. As such, it has an unusual opportunity to leave a lasting legacy for the people of Sierra Leone. This article, from two insiders, examines the SCSL’s foray into this hitherto uncharted area and the significance of its early steps for other ad hoc and permanent international criminal tribunals.
Keywords: Special Court for Sierra Leone, SCSL, international criminal tribunal, international criminal court, international criminal law, legacy of international criminal tribunals, impact of international criminal tribunals.
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