08 July 2020

BOOK: Charles C. JALLOH, The Legal Legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020). ISBN 9781107178311, £ 85.00

(Source: CUP)

CUP is publishing a new book on the legal legacy of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.


This important book considers whether the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), which was established jointly through an unprecedented bilateral treaty between the United Nations (UN) and Sierra Leone in 2002, has made jurisprudential contributions to the development of the nascent and still unsettled field of international criminal law. A leading authority on the application of international criminal justice in Africa, Charles Jalloh argues that the SCSL, as an innovative hybrid international penal tribunal, made useful jurisprudential additions on key legal questions concerning greatest responsibility jurisdiction, the war crime of child recruitment, forced marriage as a crime against humanity, amnesty, immunity and the relationship between truth commissions and criminal courts. He demonstrates that some of the SCSL case law broke new ground, and in so doing, bequeathed a 'legal legacy' that remains vital to the ongoing global fight against impunity for atrocity crimes and to the continued development of modern international criminal law.


Charles C. Jalloh, Florida International University

Charles C. Jalloh is Professor of Law at Florida International University and Member, International Law Commission. He has published widely on issues of international criminal justice, and in 2018, was the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in International Law at Lund University and the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Sweden. His prior work experience includes as a legal adviser in the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court. He is lead editor of the Consolidated Legal Texts for the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2007), The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy (2013) and four volumes of The Law Reports of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (2012-2020). He holds degrees from Guelph, McGill, Oxford, and a PhD in international law, from University of Amsterdam.


Preface and acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. The sierra leone conflict
3. The establishment of the special court for sierra leone
4. The special court's jurisdiction, organization and trials
5. Greatest responsibility personal jurisdiction
6. Forced marriage as a crime against humanity
7. Child recruitment as a war crime
8. Head of state immunity
9. Amnesties
10. Special courts and truth commissions
11. Conclusion
Bibliography/Sources Reviewed

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