The International Criminal Court and Lubanga: The Feminist Critique and Jus Cogens

71 National Lawyers' Guild Review 24-43 (2014).

20 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2013 Last revised: 4 Jul 2014

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Eric Engle

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Date Written: August 30, 2013

Abstract

The Lubanga decision, despite procedural missteps further anchors the prohibition of child soldiers and child auxiliaries under international law. Feminist criticisms of Lubanga misapprehend the potential of Lubanga to attain the types of legal victories feminists strive for. While one can criticize Lubanga as a matter of procedure, Lubanga methodically strengthens the prohibition of child soldiery. The prohibition of child soldiers, like the prohibition of wartime rape, forced prostitution, and child sex-tourism are or are becoming jus cogens norms. Lubanga contributes to this coherence of jus cogens and sets the stage for extension of its logic into other wrongs committed to children.

Keywords: Lubanga, International Criminal Court, Congo, DRC, Child Soldiers, Jus Cogens, Ius Cogens, Feminism

JEL Classification: K33, K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Engle, Eric, The International Criminal Court and Lubanga: The Feminist Critique and Jus Cogens (August 30, 2013). 71 National Lawyers' Guild Review 24-43 (2014).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2318403 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2318403

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