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Abdalla, A., Shepler, S. and Hussein, S. (2002), Evaluation of Talking Drum Studio Sierra Leone, Search for Common Ground, Search for Common  Ground. Available at : 

Alie, J.A.D. (2008), Reconciliation and traditional justice: tradition-based practices of the Kpaa Mende, in: Huyse, L. and Salter, M. (eds), Traditional Justice after Violent Conflict. Learning from African experiences, IDEA, Stockholm, Sweden, 123-146.

Cook, P. and Heykoop, C. (2010) Child Participation in the Sierra Leonean Truth and Reconciliation Commission: Considering the broader cultural context, in Parmar. S., Roseman, M.J., Siegrist, S. and Sowa, T. (eds), Children and Transitional Justice: truth telling, accountability and reconciliation, UNICEF, Cambridge, Harvard Law School  Series, 159-162.

Dougherty, B. K. (2004) Searching for Answers: Sierra Leone's Truth & Reconciliation Commission, Africa Studies Quarterly, Vol. 8, Issue 1, 40-56.

Freeman, M. (2006), Truth Commissions and Procedural Fairness, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Gready, P. (2005) Analysis: Reconceptualising Transitional Justice, Embedded and distanced justice, Conflict, Security and Development, Routledge, United Kingdom, Vol.5, n°1, 3-21.

Hayner, P. (2011), Unspeakable truths. Transitional Justice and the challenge of Truth Commissions. Second edition. Routledge, New York.

Hayner, P. (2007) Negotiating the peace in Sierra Leone: confronting the justice challenge, Center for Humanitarian Dialogue and International Center for Transitional Justice

Hayner, P., (2004) The Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission: reviewing the first year, International Center for Transitional Justice.

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Horovitz, S. (2006), Transitional Criminal Justice in Sierra Leone, in Roht-Arriaza, N.  and Mariezcurrena,  J. (eds.), Transitional Justice in the Twenty-First Century: Beyond Truth versus Justice, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press,  43-69.

International Crisis Group (2002), Sierra Leone’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission: a fresh start?, Africa Briefing, Freetown/ Brussels.

Kelsall, T. (2005) Truth, Lies, Ritual: Preliminary Reflections on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone, Human Rights Quarterly, 2005, 383-384

Kelsall, T. (2009), Culture under cross-examination. International Justice and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Lamin, A. R. (2003), Building peace through accountability in Sierra Leone: the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Special Court, Journal of Asian and African Studies, 295-320.

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Millar, G. (2010),  Assessing Local Experiences of Truth-Telling in Sierra Leone: Getting to ‘Why’ through a Qualitative Case Study Analysis, The International Journal of Transitional Justice, Vol. 4, 2010, 477–496

Ojielo, Ozonnia (2009),  Breaking with the past : Transitional Justice in Sierra Leone, in Besada, H.(ed.), From civil strife to peace building. Examining private sector involvement in West-African reconstruction,  The Centre for International Governance Innovation and Wilfrid Laurier University Press, Canada, 97-128.

Park, A.S.J. (2007) Restorative approaches to justice : strategies for peace in Sierra Leone, Center for International Governance and Justice Issues, Australian National University, paper n° 2, May 2007.

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Schotsmans , M. (2012), 'No return home.' The (non) Reintegration of Youth Ex-combatants in Sierra Leone as a Challenge to the Contextualisation of DDR and Transitional Justice, in: Derluyn, I., Parmentier , S. and Vandehole W. (eds.), Re-member. Rehabilitation and Reintegration of War-Affected Children, Intersentia : Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland, 215-241.

Schotsmans, M. (2012), ‘Blow your mind and cool your heart’: can Tradition-based Justice fill the Transitional Justice Gap in Sierra Leone?, in: Palmer, N., Clark P. and Granville D. (eds.) Critical Perspectives in Transitional Justice, Intersentia: Cambridge-Antwerp-Portland, 263-287.

Shaw, R. and Waldorf, L. (2010), Localizing transitional justice. Interventions and priorities after mass violence, Stanford University Press, California.

Shaw, R. (2007) Memory Frictions: Localizing the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Sierra Leone, International journal of Transitional Justice, Vol.1, 183-207.

Shaw, R. (2005) Rethinking Truth and Reconciliation Commissions : Lessons from Sierra Leone, USIP Special Report 130, Washington DC, United States Institute of Peace.

Stovel, L. (2010), Long road home. Building Reconciliation and Trust in Post-War Sierra Leone, Intersentia, Series on Transitional Justice, Antwerp-Oxford-Portland.

Stovel, L. (2008) There’s no bad bush to throw away a bad child: ‘tradition’-inspired reintegration in post-war Sierra Leone, Journal of Modern African Studies, 46, 2.

Suma, M. and Correa, C. (2009) Report and proposals for the implementation of the reparations in Sierra Leone, International Center for Transitional Justice 


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