Child Soldiers as Agents of War and Peace

A Restorative Transitional Justice Approach to Accountability for Crimes Under International Law

  • Leonie Steinl

Part of the International Criminal Justice Series book series (ICJS, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Leonie Steinl
    Pages 409-418
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 419-421

About this book


This book deals with child soldiers’ involvement in crimes under international law.
Child soldiers are often victims of grave human rights abuses, and yet, in some cases,
they also participate actively in inflicting violence upon others. Nonetheless, the
international discourse on child soldiers often tends to ignore the latter dimension
of children’s involvement in armed conflict and instead focuses exclusively on their
role as victims.

While it might seem as though the discourse is therefore beneficial for child soldiers
as it protects them from blame and responsibility, it is important to realize that the
so-called passive victim narrative entails various adverse consequences, which can
hinder the successful reintegration of child soldiers into their families, communities
and societies. This book aims to address this dilemma. First, the available options
for dealing with child soldiers’ participation in crimes under international law, such
as transitional justice and criminal justice, and their shortcomings are analyzed in
depth. Subsequently a new approach is developed towards achieving accountability
in a child-adequate way, which is called restorative transitional justice.

This book is in the first place aimed at researchers with an interest in child soldiers,
children and armed conflict, as well as international criminal law, transitional justice,
juvenile justice, restorative justice, children’s rights, and international human rights
law. Secondly, professionals working on issues of transitional justice, juvenile justice,
international criminal law, children’s rights, and the reintegration of child soldiers
will also find the subject matter of great relevance to their practice.

Dr. Leonie Steinl, LL.M. (Columbia) is a Researcher and Lecturer at the Faculty of Law
of the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin.


Child Soldiers Crimes Under International Law Transitional Justice Accountability Criminal Responsibility Agency Restorative Justice Perpetrators Juvenile Justice Children’s Rights International Criminal Court International Criminal Law Armed Conflict

Authors and affiliations

  • Leonie Steinl
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawHumboldt University of BerlinBerlinGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information T.M.C. Asser Press and the author 2017
  • Publisher Name T.M.C. Asser Press, The Hague
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-94-6265-200-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-6265-201-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-6718
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-6726
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