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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Charles Taylor Case

Simon M Meisenberg

Subject(s):
War crimes — Crimes against humanity — Special Court for Sierra Leone — Heads of state and other senior officials

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 Charles Ghankay Taylor, the former and 21 st President of Liberia is the first former Head of State who has been convicted for the commission of crimes against humanity and war crimes, since the conviction of Klaus Dönitz before the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg. He was sentenced to 50 years’ imprisonment by an international criminal tribunal, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (‘SCSL’) for assisting and planning crimes in the armed conflict in Sierra Leone . The SCSL was established in 2002 pursuant to an agreement between the government of...
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