Reinvigorating the International Legal Imagination

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:
Reinvigorating the International Legal Imagination

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This chapter summarizes the arguments of this book and presents some concluding thoughts. Were this book to be persuasive, it would prompt the international legal imagination to shift gears. Instead of assuming child soldiers to be forlorn passive victims of a lost generation, the international legal imagination would come to appreciate them better as circumscribed actors. The reimaginative exercise contemplated by this book would allocate responsibility for the practice of child soldiering among the many individual, state, commercial, and organizational elements that have a hand in its nagging persistence. In short, rather than artificially shroud child soldier experiences through conceptual and doctrinal parsimony, this new approach would embrace the complexities of those experiences through conceptual and doctrinal suppleness.

Keywords: child soldiering; child soldiers; responsibility; international law

Chapter.  3065 words. 

Subjects: Public International Law

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