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International Law and Child Soldiers

By: Gus Waschefort
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Published: 04-12-2014
Format: PDF eBook (?)
Edition: 1st
Extent: 224
ISBN: 9781782254331
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Series: Studies in International Law
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About International Law and Child Soldiers

This book commences with an analysis of the current state of child soldiering internationally. Thereafter the proscriptive content of contemporary norms on the prohibition of the use and recruitment of child soldiers is evaluated, so as to determine whether these norms are capable of better enforcement. An 'issues-based' approach is adopted, in terms of which no specific regime of law, such as international humanitarian law (IHL), is deemed dominant. Instead, universal and regional human rights law, international criminal law and IHL are assessed cumulatively, so as to create a mutually reinforcing web of protection. Ultimately, it is argued that the effective implementation of child soldier prohibitive norms does not require major changes to any entity or functionary engaged in such prevention; rather, it requires the constant reassessment and refinement of all such entities and functionaries, and here, some changes are suggested. International judicial, quasi-judicial and non-judicial entities and functionaries most relevant to child soldier prevention are critically assessed. Ultimately the conclusions reached are assessed in light of a case study on the use and recruitment of child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Table Of Contents

1 Situating the Debate
2 Contemporary Child Soldiering: Distribution, Use and Causes
3 International Humanitarian Law and the Prevention of Child Soldiering
4 International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law: An Integrated International Law Response to the Prevention of Child Soldiering
5 International Criminal Responsibility and the Prosecution of Individuals for the Enlistment, Conscription and Use of Child Soldiers
6 International Institutional Law and the Prevention of Child Soldiering
7 Case Study: The Democratic Republic of the Congo
8 Conclusion


“...a holistic approach to the issue of child soldiers...The book provides the reader with a good understanding of child soldiering as a social phenomenon and of the role that international law can play in its prevention” –  Dr Maria Pichou, Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Online

“Dr. Waschefort's book is based on his Ph.D. thesis. It bears the signs of that origin- extensive detail, an attempt to be comprehensive within the confines of the topic and elaborate argument.” –  Kenneth J. Keith, Net Int Law Review

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