How Special is the Special Court's Outreach Section?
The John Marshall Law School
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)
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 29
Keywords: Special Court for Sierra Leone, SCSL, outreach, international criminal court, empirical, Sierra Leone
JEL Classification: K33
Date posted: March 14, 2012 ; Last revised: January 17, 2014