International Decision: Prosecutor v. Taylor: Case No. SCSL-03-01-A: Appeals Judgment

American Journal of International Law, Vol. 108, p. 58, 2014

U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-12

10 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2014  

Charles Chernor Jalloh

Florida International University College of Law

Date Written: March 20, 2014

Abstract

This case report summarizes the Special Court for Sierra Leone’s (SCSL) last judgment in its most important trial: that involving former Liberian President Charles Taylor. It then discusses the judicial and scholarly disagreement concerning the customary international law standard for aiding and abetting liability between the SCSL Appeals Chamber and the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). The SCSL’s clarification that the criminal intent required for aiding and abetting does not require specific direction, as had been suggested by Taylor’s defense and some ICTY jurisprudence, constitutes an important jurisprudential legacy for international criminal law.

Keywords: Special Court for Sierra Leone, Prosecutor v. Charles Ghankay Taylor, Charles Taylor Appeals Judgment, individual criminal responsibility, modes of liability, aiding and abetting, planning, specific direction

Suggested Citation

Jalloh, Charles Chernor, International Decision: Prosecutor v. Taylor: Case No. SCSL-03-01-A: Appeals Judgment (March 20, 2014). American Journal of International Law, Vol. 108, p. 58, 2014; U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-12. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2412047

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