n South African Law Journal - The Sierra Leone Special Court and Its Legacy: The Impact for Africa and International Criminal Law, Charles Jalloh (Ed.) : book review

Volume 132, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



I first became aware of the Special Court for Sierra Leone ('SCSL') in 2002 when the newly appointed Chief Prosecutor of the SCSL, David Crane, spoke about the newly established court in The Hague. A Texan and former prosecutor, Crane made cowboy-like statements such as 'we're going to hunt down those war criminals'. I was concerned about the extent to which he seemed to be demonising and convicting the accused even before the trials had started. But I was intrigued by some of his statements. He emphasised that the SCSL would be considerably less expensive than its ad hoc UN-created predecessors, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ('ICTY') and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda ('ICTR'). It was clear that the SCSL was going to be novel not just from the perspective of being constituted as a tribunal but also from the perspective of the way it would be run and funded. Having always been critical of the enormous cost of the ad hoc Tribunals, I was curious about how the SCSL would fulfil its mandate in such a streamlined manner. Twelve years later, at the point where the SCSL has essentially wrapped up its work, it is with great interest that I read the volume on the work of the SCSL edited by Charles Jalloh.

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