(Originally broadcast on February 9, 2012)
The involvement of children in armed conflict as victims, witnesses, survivors, and perpetrators raises fundamental challenges. Over the last 15 years, the United Nations, governments, and civil society actors have focused increased attention on grave violations against children, as well as the participation of children in justice systems and accountability for children's involvement in armed conflict. In November 2011, the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict published a Working Paper on "Children and Justice During and in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict," which explores complex related issues. Against the backdrop of that recent publication, this Live Web Seminar conducted by HPCR in partnership with the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict explored the following issues:
- The scope of legal and normative protections provided to children affected by armed conflict;
- Challenges and opportunities of children's participation in justice systems including courts and tribunals, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions, traditional justice systems, and reparations at the domestic, regional, and international levels; and
- The responsibility of children who may have committed international crimes during armed conflict.
These questions were critically examined by reference to recent case studies, as well as relevant legal, policy, and enforcement developments.
Dustin Lewis (Program Associate, HPCR) and Christina Blunt (Program Associate, HPCR)
Radhika Coomaraswamy (UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict)
Cecile Aptel (Tufts University)
Alfred Orono (Prosecutor, International Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR))