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Sierra Leone suffered a destructive 11-year civil war that largely left its communities torn apart and in need of vast redevelopment. One of the ways that communities are rebuilding and making efforts to move forward is through the chieftaincy-based community dispute resolution process. Based on historical norms, this process involves the community leader, or chief, helping to resolve disputes within the community. This article reviews this chieftaincy-based community dispute resolution process, discusses the types of disputes settled, and provides broader lessons learned for communities who may be interested in truly community-based dispute resolution.


This is the accepted version of the following article:

McIntyre Miller, W. (2013), Chieftaincy-Based Community Dispute Resolution: The Case of Sierra Leone. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 30: 295–308. doi: 10.1002/crq.21066

which has been published in final form at DOI: 10.1002/crq.21066. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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Wiley Periodicals, Inc., and the Association for Conflict Resolution



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