Charles F. Margai fired and replaced by Dr. Priscilla Schwartz
Sierra Leone’s Attorney General, Charles Margai has been sacked, with no reasons given at time of press and SEM is uncertain whether he has received his last month salary. He becomes the county’s shortest-lived holder of the position ever. Margai is replaced by Dr. Priscilla Schwartz (in photo), the first female holder of the post.
The new Attorney General and Minister of Justice – Dr. Priscilla Schwartz joined the United Kingdom’s University of Leicester Faculty of Law as a lecturer. She also taught undergraduate Contract Law and Law of Tort.
Dr. Schwartz holds degrees from the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College, (BA, LLB (Hons)) and the University of London, King’s College and Queen Mary College (LLM and PhD) respectively. She is an expert in Public International Law and is also a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone.
Prior to her joining the staff at Leicester in 2007, Dr. Schwartz taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Queen Mary, University of London, where she also designed and developed courses for LLM and MA by research programmes.
Dr. Schwartz also worked as State Counsel to the government of Sierra Leone between 1996-2001, where she served as Personal Assistant to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice. She represented the government on several domestic and international assignments and was instrumental in the setting up of the UN Special Court for Sierra Leone, including the negotiation and drafting of its Statute and Agreements. She also initiated and coordinated implementation of projects for the development of the rule of law.
Dr. Schwartz has keen research interests in international law and policy in areas of development, environment and economic issues and how these especially affect developing countries. Her most recent book is Sustainable Development and Mining in Sierra Leone (2006). Her current research project is entitled International Institutions, International Corporations & Third World Natural Resources: An Uneven Environmental Alliance?
Excerpt taken from the University of Leicester
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