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( crc ) and customary law, a child is any person under the age of 18. Child soldiers are often treated with stunning cruelty: recruited forcibly or abducted outright, made to witness the deaths of their family members, subject to long periods of abuse and harsh punishments. 2 Then again, child soldiers

In: International Criminal Law Review

This article questions this presumption. It argues that there is an emerging trend towards treating child soldiers differently from their adult counterparts. This trend is evidenced by state practice towards child soldiers and emerging jurisprudence from the International Criminal Court. It

In: International Criminal Law Review

and new and escalating wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan, and elsewhere. These wars are marked by atrocities, lack of respect for international humanitarian law, and the immense suffering of civilians. All of these wars involve the extensive use of child soldiers, who often form a key

In: Global Responsibility to Protect

new and escalating wars in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, South Sudan, and elsewhere. These wars are marked by atrocities, lack of respect for international humanitarian law, and the immense suffering of civilians. All of these wars involve the extensive use of child soldiers, who often form a key

In: Children and the Responsibility to Protect
Author: Sam Pack

shrug.Frédéric Mégret 1 Introduction When a targeting reticle falls on a child soldier, 2 international humanitarian law (hereinafter ‘ ihl ’) is caught in a conflict between two of its driving principles: humanity and military necessity. On the one hand, ihl is meant to serve a

In: Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies

the proliferation of initiatives aimed at thwarting it, each context in which child soldiers are active presents its own challenges and peculiarities that call, to begin with, for an in depth analysis. The armed conflicts currently taking place in the Middle East, and in particular the ones in Syria

In: International Criminal Law Review

1 Introduction The violence committed against the world of a child when he or she is forced to pick up a gun is extreme, but at least most of us know in our bones that such a transgression is wrong. But our peacekeepers, facing child soldiers in the field, are told that they just need to do their

In: The International Journal of Children's Rights

-state armed groups during conflict is a challenging global development. 1 A considerable corpus of inter-disciplinary studies has developed around the norms against the militarisation of children. This modest contribution adds to the scholarship on the sociology of law on child soldiering. There is “an

In: International Criminal Law Review
Author: Monica Ingber

Policy Paper does this by stating that ‘[a]ll other types of war crimes, including intentionally directing attacks against the civilian population, torture, mutilation, outrages upon personal dignity, or the recruitment of child soldiers, may also contain sexual and/or gender elements.’ 20 This

In: The Asian Yearbook of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Author: Gus Waschefort

Justice for Child Soldiers? Th e RUF Trial of the Special Court for Sierra Leone Gus Waschefort Lecturer, Department of Public Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa; Ph.D. Candidate, School of Oriental and African Studies, United Kingdom gus.waschefort@up.ac.za Abstract Th e Revolutionary United Front

In: Journal of International Humanitarian Legal Studies