'Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy' by Professor Mark Drumbl
Duration: 43 mins 41 secs
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The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL), University of Cambridge hosts a regular Friday lunchtime lecture series on key areas of International Law. Previous subjects have included UN peacekeeping operations, the advisory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, the crime of agression, whaling, children and military tribunals, and theories and practices for proving individual responsibility criminal responsibility for genocide and crimes against humanity.
This lecture, entitled 'Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy', was delivered at the Lauterpacht Centre on Friday 26th October 2012 by Professor Mark Drumbl, Class of 1975 Alumni Professor and Director of the Transnational Law Institute, Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia.
For more information about the series, please see the LCIL website at http://www.lcil.cam.ac.uk
(Photo credit: Amnesty International)
|Collection:||LCIL International Law Seminar Series|
|Publisher:||University of Cambridge|
|Copyright:||University of Cambridge|
|Keywords:||International Law; Armed Conflict; Child Soldiers; International Humanitarian Law;|
|Abstract:||The international community strives to eradicate the scourge of child soldiering. Mostly, though, these efforts replay the same tried-but-tired narratives and circulate the same assumptions. This lecture takes a second look at these efforts and, in this process, intends to refresh law and policy so as to improve preventative, restorative, and remedial initiatives – while also emboldening the rights of the child. Hence, child soldiers are presented as stakeholders in post-conflict reconciliation and socio-political reconstruction. This lecture also questions central tenets of contemporary humanitarianism and offers fresh thinking on juvenile justice, the universality of human rights, and the role of law in responding to mass atrocity. This lecture draws from the author's book of the same title, published in Spring 2012 by Oxford University Press.|