Not Child's Play: Revisiting the Law of Child Soldiers
JURIST - Academic Commentary, April 13, 2010
4 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2015 Last revised: 18 Jul 2019
Date Written: 2010
This brief commentary discusses child soldiers in general and Omar Khadr, a 15 yr old whom the United States military captured during armed conflict in Afghanistan, in particular. I suggest the conversation should be broadened and to move past misperceptions of the applicable law and norms concerning detention and prosecution of child belligerents.
Keywords: child soldiers, omar, khadr, United States, Afghanistan, armed conflict, geneva convention, additional protocol, IAC, NIAC, convention on the rights of the child, european court, european convention, human rights, Rome statute, international criminal court, statute for the special court for sierra l
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