International Criminal Law Review 8 (2008) 399–422 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/157181208X308745 www.brill.nl/icla International Criminal Law Review Th e Special Court for Sierra Leone – Fair Trials and Justice for the Accused and Victims Kathryn Howarth 1 Barrister at 36 Bedford Row, London Abstract Th is article examines the issues of a “fair trial” and “justice” at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. It considers these issues in a broad sense, from both the perspective of the accused and the victims, through the exploration of three speciﬁ c topics: ﬁ rst, the idea of prosecuting “those bearing greatest responsibility” for crimes committed during the conﬂ ict in Sierra Leone, second, the ﬁ rst prosecu- tion of the crime of recruiting child soldiers, and third, the ﬁ rst prosecution of forced marriage. Keywords Special Court; Sierra Leone; greatest responsibility; child soldiers; forced marriege Introduction Th is article arises from a series of lectures given at a seminar entitled “Fair trials in an international setting” at the University of Exeter. A number of the lectures at the seminar considered the issue of “fair trials in an international setting” in terms of the defendant’s right to a fair
International Criminal Law Review – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
Keywords: SPECIAL COURT; FORCED MARRIEGE; GREATEST RESPONSIBILITY; SIERRA LEONE; CHILD SOLDIERS
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