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International Relations Public Conference: Ten Years On: Sierra Leone's Post-Conflict Transition

Date: 11th December 2012

Time: 10am-6.45pm

Venue: London House, Goodenough College
Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB

Keynote Speaker: The Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone

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The Conference

Sierra Leone’s civil conflict caused 70,000 casualties and left 2.6 million people displaced. The war was known for widespread atrocities, including forced recruitment of child soldiers, rape and sexual slavery, and amputations of limbs. Ten years since the end of its eleven-year civil war, Sierra Leone is again in the international news. The recent sentencing of Charles Taylor in The Hague marks the first international trial of an African Head of State. Meanwhile, within Sierra Leone, democratic elections on November 17, 2012 mark a critical evaluation point for the country’s transition to peace.

This symposium takes stock of Sierra Leone’s post-conflict transition. Termed by William Schabas as a successful example of the “two-track” approach to transitional justice, Sierra Leone has been a site of multiple international and domestic mechanisms of transitional justice. The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and ongoing community reconciliation processes have all sought to address the legacies of violence and put the country on a more secure footing. The symposium invites scholars, in the context of recent elections, to examine the impact of transitional justice in Sierra Leone. Do transitional justice approaches present short-term solutions or do they work towards long-term peace, stability, and development? Do transitional justice mechanisms address the visible legacies of conflict (victims, justice for atrocities, and in this case, child soldiers), or conflict’s long-term drivers (economic, social and political)? To what extent have transitional justice approaches complemented each other, as some have claimed, or are they in tension? Ten years on, to what extent has transitional justice been transformative within Sierra Leone? 

Click here for full conference programme [PDF].

How to register

To register for the conference, please send an email, indicating your full name and affiliation, as soon as possible to: r.c.friedman@lse.ac.uk



A conference sponsored by the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics