Targeting Child Soldiers

3 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2013

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Frederic Megret

McGill University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 24, 2013


A very short, blog style piece on the intriguing and difficult question of whether it is legal to target child soldiers and if so in what circumstances. This is an issue which has not been addressed by the literature but which raises key questions about the nature of the laws of war and the protection of children in armed conflict. I argue that whilst the laws of war traditionally view all members of the armed forces as combatants who can be targeted, the fact that recruiting child soldiers is a war crime suggests that the attacking party might not be entirely blameless, especially in circumstances in which child soldiers are not currently participating in hostilities.

Suggested Citation

Mégret, Frédéric, Targeting Child Soldiers (February 24, 2013). Available at SSRN: or

Frédéric Mégret (Contact Author)

McGill University - Faculty of Law ( email )

3644 Peel Street
Montreal H3A 1W9, Quebec

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