Not Child's Play: Revisiting the Law of Child Soldiers

JURIST - Academic Commentary, April 13, 2010

SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 159

4 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2015 Last revised: 18 Jul 2019

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Chris Jenks

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Jenks, Chris, Not Child's Play: Revisiting the Law of Child Soldiers (2010). JURIST - Academic Commentary, April 13, 2010, SMU Dedman School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 159, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2554534

Chris Jenks (Contact Author)

Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law ( email )

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Dallas, TX 75275
United States

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