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Sierra Leone, justice, reconciliation, legal systems


African Studies | International Law | Law | Political Science


The objective of this research is to determine which institutional legal system, or combination of legal systems will best aid Sierra Leone in its reconciliation process. The paper is divided into four sections: international criminal tribunals, truth commissions, domestic courts, and recommendations. Each chapter will discuss the relevant background to each system, provide a list of criteria as it pertains to the criteria of success for reconciliation, and establish the contributions that each model can make for reconciliation in Sierra Leone. In order to evaluate the potential success for each system case studies will be given and their format will be used upon the established criteria of success. The final chapter will evaluate the ways in which the systems either meet or fail to meet the established criteria. A set of recommendations will be given to national and international actors based upon the findings of this research.

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Political Science


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