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Building the Fourth Pillar: Defence Rights at the Special Court for Sierra Leone

Author(s): Rupert Skilbeck

Journal: Essex Human Rights Review
ISSN 1756-1957

Volume: 1;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 66;
Date: 2004;
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Keywords: the International Criminal Tribunals | Sierra Leone

The author considers the conflict in Sierra Leone and the creation of the Special Court for Sierra Leone to bring to trial those who bear the greatest responsibility for the conflict. The provision of defence rights in post-war international proceedings is examined, in the International Military Tribunals, the International Criminal Tribunals and the more recent ‘hybrid’ tribunals in Kosovo, East Timor and Cambodia. Difficulties are identified with these structures. The considerations relevant to the creation of the Defence Office are discussed, together with its mandate, structure and operation. The delay in ensuring a fully operating office at the earliest stage due to budgetary restraints is identified as the key problem not to be repeated.
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