The Special Court for Sierra Leone recently cited an article written by Pace Law Professor Alexander “Sasha” Greenawalt when it unanimously upheld the conviction and 50-year sentence of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Taylor had been convicted of crimes against humanity committed in Sierra Leone during that country’s civil war in the 1990s.
The citation, which appears in a section of the court’s opinion that pertains to aiding and abetting international crimes, draws from Professor Greenawalt’s article, “Rethinking Genocidal Intent: The Case for a Knowledge-Based Interpretation,” a piece he wrote in 1999 for the “Columbia Law Review.” Professor Greenawalt’s cite addresses cross-border assistance provided by government officials in one state to groups waging armed violence in another state.
Taylor was the first head of state to be convicted by an international tribunal since the Nuremberg Trials in Germany following World War II. The Special Court for Sierra Leone was established by agreement between the United Nations and Sierra Leone.
Among the courses that Professor Greenawalt teaches at Pace Law School are International Law and International Criminal Law.