International Humanitarian Legal Studies 1 (2010) 189–204 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187815210X12766020140008 brill.nl/ihls 1 Judgment, Prosecutor v. Sesay, Kallon and Gbao , SCSL, Trial Chamber I, 2 March 2009, para. 1623 (hereinafter ‘ RUF case’). Current Legal Issues Justice for Child Soldiers? Th e RUF Trial of the Special Court for Sierra Leone Gus Waschefort Lecturer, Department of Public Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Ph.D. Candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom email@example.com Abstract Th e Revolutionary United Front (RUF) was the primary agitator during the decade-long civil war that ravaged Sierra Leone. One of the hallmarks of RUF tactics was the abduction and military use of children. Th e Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) issued an indictment against the high-command of the RUF. Each of the accused was charged with the enlistment, conscription or use of child soldiers. Th e Prosecutor v. Sesay, Kallon and Gbao case ( RUF case) provides a cogent account of the crime of conscripting or using children younger than ﬁ fteen in hostilities. Th is paper tracks the development of the growing child soldier jurisprudence and plots the contribution of the RUF case. Speciﬁ c
Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: AD HOC CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL; INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL PROSECUTION; CHILDREN'S RIGHTS; SPECIAL COURT FOR SIERRA LEONE; RUF; ARMED CONFLICT; CHILD SOLDIERS; INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW; INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW; REVOLUTIONARY UNITED FRONT
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