Osgoode Hall Review of Law and Policy


Fanny Leveau

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English Abstract

The phenomenon of child soldiers has gained increased attention since the condemnation, last year, of Thomas Lubanga for recruiting and using child soldiers. However, not much has been said about the crimes perpetrated by those children. This article looks at child soldiers as perpetrators of crimes and examines their potential criminal accountability under international criminal law. Interpretation of international instruments suggests that child soldiers could be prosecuted by international criminal tribunals. However, those prosecutions would have to respect specific standards.