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The Court of Appeal – A path to consolidation, convalescence and recovery!

This offering attempts to capture the legal framework of the Court of Appeal of Sierra Leone tracing its constitutional and factual composition, mentioning also some of its existing processes whilst exploring ideas and recommendations that may provide alternatives which may strengthen the court and generally make it a more effective adjudicating forum. Whilst some of the ideas flow from the experience and practices in other jurisdictions the bulk of them are informed by the author's appreciation of the existing rules as well as his experience appearing before the court as a legal practitioner and later sitting as a member.

An Appraisal on the Distinctions and Similarities between the Offences of Strict Liability and Vicarious Liability: Making a Case against the Recognition of Vicarious Liability in the Criminal Law of Sierra Leone

To start with, there are a number of distinctions between vicarious liability and strict liability offences. Vicarious liability and strict liability offences are part of the offences criminalised under the criminal law of Sierra Leone. It is noteworthy that by virtue of Section 74 of the Courts Act, of the Republic of Sierra Leone, the Courts of Sierra Leone are allowed to use the common law of England, doctrines and principles of Equity, and Statutes of General Application in force in England before the 1st Day of January 1880.1 However, where such common law is used, it merely has persuasive authority as opposed to binding legal authority. This is primarily why this literature cited such authorities and such other case laws from jurisdictions with analogous common law legal systems like Sierra Leone.

The challenges that the ICC Prosecutor may face in presenting charges on the crime of aggression in the Russia-Ukraine situation

The crime of aggression presupposes that an aggressive act has been committed by a State.1 Russia’s pernicious attack on Ukraine, violates the most sacred principle in international law, being the territorial integrity and political independence of all states. International law is crystal clear and absolute: a state is prohibited from the use or threat of force against another state; every such use, regardless of gravity or aims, constitutes a violation

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