The Cambridge Companion to International Criminal Law (William A. Schabas ed., 2016)
20 Pages Posted: 28 Oct 2016
Date Written: September 6, 2016
This chapter, which appears in The Cambridge Companion to International Criminal Law (William A. Schabas ed. 2016), discusses how international criminal law instruments and institutions address crimes against and affecting children. It contrasts the absence of express attention in the post-World War II era with the multiple provisions pertaining to children in the 1998 Statute of the International Criminal Court. The chapter examines key judgments in that court and in the Special Court for Sierra Leone, as well as the ICC’s current, comprehensive approach to the effects that crimes within its jurisdiction have on children. The chapter concludes with a discussion of challenges to the prevention and punishment of such international crimes.
Keywords: International Criminal Court, Special Court for Sierra Leone, children, child rights, child soldiers, World War II, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, United Nations, Nuremberg, Tokyo Trial, genocide, Geneva Conventions, Universal Declaration of Human Rights
JEL Classification: K32, K33, K36
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