Rights, Wrongs, and Transitional Reconstruction

Mark A. Drumbl

in Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199592654
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738807 | DOI:
Rights, Wrongs, and Transitional Reconstruction

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This chapter asks child soldiers as and after they exit conflict should be approached? Faultless passive victim imagery shapes the place designated for child soldiers within the architecture of inter and post bellum peace and justice settlements. The influence of this imagery is both salutary and perplexing. It is salutary when it curtails the application of national penal law to child soldiers in cases of their alleged implication in extraordinary atrocity crimes. It perplexes when it emaciates transitional justice mechanisms that operate away from courtrooms and jailhouses, to wit, truth and reconciliation commissions, traditional ceremonies, and restorative measures. This chapter shows that other externalities arise from current policy preferences and tendencies.

Keywords: child soldiers; child soldiering; faultless passive victim; disarmament; reintegration

Chapter.  20574 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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