How Special is the Special Court's Outreach Section?

The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law (Charles Chernor Jalloh ed., Cambridge University Press 2014)

29 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2012 Last revised: 17 Jan 2014

Stuart Ford

The John Marshall Law School

Date Written: March 13, 2012

Abstract

This article attempts to evaluate the work of the Outreach Section of the Special Court for Sierra Leone. In it, I try to answer two questions: (1) how innovative was the Outreach Section?; and (2) has the Outreach Section been successful? In contrast to earlier commentators, I try to answer these questions using empirical data, including Sierra Leonean attitudes toward and knowledge about the court as measured in various surveys. I conclude that the Outreach Section has been modestly innovative, but that it has largely failed in its primary goal of educating Sierra Leoneans about the Special Court – while virtually all Sierra Leoneans are aware of the existence of the Special Court, very few have a good understanding of what it does.

Keywords: Special Court for Sierra Leone, SCSL, outreach, international criminal court, empirical, Sierra Leone

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Ford, Stuart, How Special is the Special Court's Outreach Section? (March 13, 2012). The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law (Charles Chernor Jalloh ed., Cambridge University Press 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2021370 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2021370

Stuart Ford (Contact Author)

The John Marshall Law School ( email )

315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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