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The Fallacious Demonization of Child Soldiers

  • Sonja C. Grover
Chapter

Abstract

The contemporary movement to hold child soldiers accountable for international crimes (whether this accountability is to be via judicial or non-judicial mechanisms) is confronted with particular fundamental practical and conceptual hurdles. A prime practical difficulty is generally held by most legal scholars to be the lack of a universal minimum age of criminal responsibility for international crimes under international law (as well as the lack of a universal age of criminal culpability for international crimes when codified as offenses under domestic law):…with regard to the criminal responsibility of children for international crimes, a particular problem exists.

Keywords

International Criminal Court Rome Statute International Crime Criminal Responsibility Armed Group 
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Literature and Materials

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EducationLakehead UniversityThunder BayCanada

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