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Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa$
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Jennifer Moore

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199856961

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199856961.001.0001

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After Lomé in Sierra Leone

After Lomé in Sierra Leone

The Special Court and National Reconciliation

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(p.241) Chapter 8 After Lomé in Sierra Leone
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Humanitarian Law in Action within Africa
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Jennifer Moore

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199856961.003.0008

This chapter analyzes the legal and political aspects of international law and post-conflict reconstruction in Sierra Leone, with particular emphasis on the three classic dimensions of transitional justice aimed at preventing a rekindling of armed conflict: criminal justice, historical justice, and social justice. It highlights the importance of the rule of law in ensuring criminal accountability, historical honesty, and social welfare that are sustainable in the long term. The chapter begins with a brief history of Sierra Leone from the colonial period to the inception of the civil war before proceeding with a discussion of the causes and conduct of the civil war. It then turns to transitional justice in Sierra Leone and concludes by focusing on the establishment of a Special Court and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to address civil war atrocities in Uganda.

Keywords:   international law, Sierra Leone, transitional justice, criminal justice, historical justice, social justice, rule of law, civil war, Special Court, Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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