Children and the Responsibility to Protect

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In Children and the Responsibility to Protect, Bina D’Costa and Luke Glanville bring together more than a dozen academics and practitioners from around the world to examine the intersections of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle and the theory and practice of child protection. Contributors consider themes including how the agency and vulnerability of children is represented and how their voices are heard in discussions of R2P and child protection, and the merits of drawing together the R2P and Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) agendas, as well as case studies of children’s lives in conflict zones, child soldiers, and children born of conflict-related sexual violence.

This collection of essays was first published in the journal Global Responsibility to Protect (vol.10/1-2, 2018) as a special issue.

Contributors are: J. Marshall Beier, Letícia Carvalho, Bina D’Costa, Myriam Denov, Luke Glanville, Michelle Godwin, Erin Goheen Glanville, Cecilia Jacob, Dustin Johnson, Atim Angela Lakor, Katrina Lee-Koo, Ryoko Nakano, Jochen Prantl, Jeremy Shusterman, Hannah Sparwasser Soroka, Timea Spitka, Jana Tabak, Shelly Whitman.

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Bina D'Costa is Associate Professor and Senior Fellow at the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. She has been leading the migration research program at the UNICEF Office of Research–Innocenti (2016-2018). Her research interests span migration, children and conflict, gender, war crimes and justice.

Luke Glanville, Ph.D. (2010), is a Fellow in the Department of International Relations at the Australian National University. He is the author of Sovereignty and the Responsibility to Protect: A New History (University of Chicago Press, 2014).

List of Contributors

Children and R 2 P : An Introduction
  Luke Glanville

Two Agendas: R 2 P and Children and Armed Conflict

‘Children Heard, Half-Heard?’: A Practitioners’ Look for Children in the Responsibility to Protect and Normative Agendas on Protection in Armed Conflict
  Jeremy Shusterman and Michelle Godwin
‘The Intolerable Impact of Armed Conflict on Children’: The United Nations Security Council and the Protection of Children in Armed Conflict
  Katrina Lee-Koo
R 2 P and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities: A Child-Centric Approach
  Cecilia Jacob
The Politics of Norm Glocalisation: Limits in Applying R 2 P to Protecting Children
  Jochen Prantl and Ryoko Nakano

Representing Children

Responsibility to Protect the Future: Children on the Move and the Politics of Becoming
  Jana Tabak and Letícia Carvalho
R 2 P and the Novel: The Trope of the Abandoned Refugee Child in Stella Leventoyannis Harvey’s The Brink of Freedom
  Erin Goheen Glanville
Ultimate Tests: Children, Rights, and the Politics of Protection
  J. Marshall Beier

Case Studies

Children on the Front Lines: Responsibility to Protect in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
  Timea Spitka
Post-War Stigma, Violence and ‘Kony Children’: The Responsibility to Protect Children Born in Lord’s Resistance Army Captivity in Northern Uganda
  Myriam Denov and Atim Angela Lakor
Prevent to Protect: Early Warning, Child Soldiers, and the Case of Syria
  Dustin Johnson, Shelly Whitman and Hannah Sparwasser Soroka


Of Responsibilities, Protection, and Rights: Children’s Lives in Conflict Zones
  Bina D’Costa

This book is relevant for all practitioners, scholars, and students interested in issues of child protection, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), and the relationship between the two.
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