Journal Article

War Crimes before the Special Court for Sierra Leone

Sandesh Sivakumaran

in Journal of International Criminal Justice

Volume 8, issue 4, pages 1009-1034
Published in print September 2010 | ISSN: 1478-1387
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1478-1395 | DOI:
War Crimes before the Special Court for Sierra Leone

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This article considers selected war crimes in the jurisprudence of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, namely the recruitment and use of child soldiers, collective punishments, attacks on peacekeepers and the taking of hostages. Each of these crimes suffers from a dearth of international jurisprudence. Accordingly, the Special Court has made an important contribution to the clarification of war crimes law, even if disagreement is to be had with some of its pronouncements on point. The article sets out and critiques the various pronouncements of the Special Court on these four issues.

Journal Article.  12866 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law ; International Law

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