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New Text Examines Rwandan Genocide, Sierra Leone Law 

CameroonPostline.com — Charles Taku’s new work exposes the flaws in criminal prosecution of war crimes BOWIE, Md. – Charles Taku’s new book “Contextual Foundations of International Criminal Jurisprudence: Selected Cases An insider Perspective” (published by AuthorHouse) presents to readers the unique contributions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, some which have never been previously developed and published in international criminal jurisprudence.
 

“I want readers to understand the factual, contextual and political motivations or underpinnings of International Criminal Trials which in some cases conflict with the interest of justice,” Taku says. “The rationale for the wars and conflicts in which serious crimes and violations that shock the conscience of humanity were perpetrated were political. The decision to set up the courts to try the perpetrators was political. Quite often, the political, factual and contextual basis of some of these trials outweighed the interests of justice.”
 

According to Taku, “Contextual Foundations of International Criminal Jurisprudence: Selected Cases An insider Perspective,” provides the most comprehensive factual, contextual and legal basis on which international criminal jurisprudence developed at the International Tribunal for Rwanda and Sierra Leone. For the first time, a comprehensive background about the persons allegedly involved in these crimes is presented.
 

About the Author
 

Charles Taku holds a diploma in law and economics from the University of Yaoundé and an L.L.B. (Hons) from the same university and an L.L.M. from the University of London. He was called to the Cameroon Bar Association as a barrister-at-law in 1984.

Taku was appointed lead defence counsel at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UNICTR) in October 1999 and led the defence counsel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone in July 2005. In March 2012, Taku represented a client at the ICC at the African Court on Human and People’s Rights. The above professional assignments are ongoing. He has successfully litigated a number of cases at the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland, and in national jurisdictions.
 

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First published in The Post print edition no 01387

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