ICTJ's SCSL Legacy Podcast Series: Ambassador Stephen J. Rapp



As our exploration of the story of the Special Court for Sierra Leone continues, we talk with the United States Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice, Stephen J. Rapp.

In this interview with Hannah Dunphy, Ambassador Rapp looks back on some of the most memorable moments during his tenure as prosecutor for the Special Court, including the experience of the trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. In assessing the long-term impact of the SCSL, he reflects on new projects of accountability and what lessons they can incorporate from the experience of Sierra Leone. In closing, Ambassador Rapp underscores the importance of national prosecutions for crimes of mass atrocity, and shares his vision of the future of international justice.