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Africa Group Justice Talks: Brenda Hollis

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Brenda Hollis, Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, leads the discussion on finding justice, the revival of hybrid tribunals and the limitations of the International Criminal Court.

Hollis, the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone since February 2010, was responsible for leading the legal team prosecuting former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

Hollis was Senior Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia (ICTY) from 1994 to 2001, where she served as lead counsel in a number of historic prosecutions. She led case in which rape was charged as torture, and was lead counsel in the preparation of the case against former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic until her departure from the ICTY in 2001. She has trained judges, prosecutors and investigators at courts and international tribunals in Indonesia, Iraq and Cambodia. She also assisted victims of international crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and in Colombia to prepare submissions requesting investigations by the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

On 18-19 October 2016, the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability and the Wayamo Foundation hosted International Symposium on the theme, “Towards a System of International Justice” in Arusha, Tanzania, where Hollis was a panellist.


The Africa Group Justice Talks are a series of interviews about justice and accountability in Africa and beyond, featuring experts and leaders from the fields of human rights, international criminal law, politics and civil society.

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