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Child Soldiers and Distributive Justice: Addressing the Limits of Law

Park, Augustine

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This paper discusses the limitations of legal responses to the problem of child soldiery, beginning from the premise that the crime of using child soldiers is comprised of both the recruiter and the recruit. While legal approaches are addressed to the recruiter, because of the dearth of enforcement mechanisms, the protections established in international law have failed to prevent the recruitment of under-aged combatants. It remains to be seen how efficacious a deterrent the precedent-setting...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorPark, Augustine
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-08T22:11:21Z
dc.identifier.issn0925-4994
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/29751
dc.description.abstractThis paper discusses the limitations of legal responses to the problem of child soldiery, beginning from the premise that the crime of using child soldiers is comprised of both the recruiter and the recruit. While legal approaches are addressed to the recruiter, because of the dearth of enforcement mechanisms, the protections established in international law have failed to prevent the recruitment of under-aged combatants. It remains to be seen how efficacious a deterrent the precedent-setting recent and on-going prosecutions of recruiters will be. Nonetheless, legal approaches do not address the recruit, and thus they fail to account for the complex of social reasons that prompt many children to join armed groups "voluntarily". This paper argues that the conditions that lead children to join armed groups are structural and, thus, must be addressed structurally through developing greater "distributive justice".
dc.publisherKluwer Academic Publishers
dc.sourceCrime, Law and Social Change
dc.titleChild Soldiers and Distributive Justice: Addressing the Limits of Law
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume53
dc.date.issued2010
local.identifier.absfor160299 - Criminology not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3966797xPUB68
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationPark, Augustine, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue4
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage329
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage348
local.identifier.doi10.1007/s10611-010-9232-y
local.identifier.absseo940499 - Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
dc.date.updated2015-12-08T07:40:32Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-77952953165
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