The Special Court for Sierra Leone and the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone, Freetown and The Hague

Officials of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone


Justice Philip Nyamu Waki of Kenya was elected on 3 December 2013 to a three-year term as President of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone. Justice Waki served as an Alternate Appeals Judge of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2012 to 2013. Before joining the Special Court, Justice Waki became a judge of the Kenya Court of Appeal in 2003, after having served as a Judge of the High Court of Kenya for nine years. Prior to 1995, he was in private law practice in Kenya since being called to the Bar in 1975. Justice Waki has worked actively for reform within the Kenyan judiciary. In 2008 he was named to head the Commission of Inquiry into Post-Election Violence in Kenya, also called the "Waki Commission," to look into the political violence committed during Kenya's 2007 elections. In 2008 the International Commission of Jurists (Kenya) presented Justice Waki with the "Jurist of the Year Award." He has served as Vice President of the East African Judges and Magistrates Association, and in 2012 was appointed by the Director of UNEP as a member of the global Advisory Council on Environmental Justice. He was appointed a Judge of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone in 2013.



Brenda Hollis served as Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from February 2010 to December 2013. From 2007 to 2010, she was a Principal Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP), where she was responsible for leading the legal team prosecuting former Liberian President Charles Taylor. From 2001 to 2007, Brenda Hollis was an Expert Legal Consultant on international law and criminal procedure. During this period she 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. In 2002 and 2003, and again in 2006, Ms. Hollis served as a consultant to the OTP, where she assisted in evidence-gathering missions and provided legal and tactical advice. Ms. 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 was appointed Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone in January 2014.




Binta Mansaray was appointed RSCSL Registrar by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in September 2014. She had served as Acting Registrar of the RSCSL since its inception in January 2014. She previously served as Registrar of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, a post she held from February 2010 to December 2013 when the SCSL closed upon the successful completion of its mandate. From July 2007 to February 2010 she was Deputy Registrar, and while continuing to hold that post, was appointed Acting Registrar in June 2009. Ms. Mansaray first joined the SCSL in 2003 as Outreach Coordinator, during which time she designed the Court's widely-acclaimed grassroots programme to keep the people of Sierra Leone, and later Liberia, informed about the Court and the trials. Prior to joining the Court, Ms. Mansaray was a human rights advocate for victims and ex-combatants stemming from Sierra Leone's civil conflict, and worked with a number of organizations. She held the post of Country Representative for the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children in Sierra Leone, worked with the Campaign for Good Governance, and served as consultant with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) and several civil society organizations. Ms. Mansaray is a graduate of the University of Sierra Leone, and she received her Master's degree from Fordham University in New York, U.S.A.


Principal Defender

Ibrahim Yillah is a graduate of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He obtained his LLB (Hons) in 1996 in Freetown, and later graduated with LLM at the University of Pretoria in Human Right Law. He was appointed Principal Defender in 2014. Fourah Bay College University of Sierra Leone. He previously served as Counsel in the Defence Office at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and also as Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. He has considerable experience in Criminal Litigation, and he is also currently working as a Consultant in Environmental Law in Sierra Leone.