Justice for Child Soldiers? The RUF Trial of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

Justice for Child Soldiers? The RUF Trial of the Special Court for Sierra Leone 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 gus.waschefort@up.ac.za 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies Brill

Justice for Child Soldiers? The RUF Trial of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

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© 2010 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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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 gus.waschefort@up.ac.za 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

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Journal of International Humanitarian Legal StudiesBrill

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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