Children and the first verdict of the International Criminal Court
Diane Marie Amann
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Washington university global studies law review, Vol. 12, no. 3, p. 411-432
Early prosecutions before the ICC focused on the war crimes of recruiting and using child soldiers. The ICC‘s first trial, Prosecutor v. Lubanga, dealt exclusively with those crimes. The experiences of children thus underlay the ICC‘s first verdict; that is, the conviction, sentencing, and reparations decisions that ICC Trial Chamber I issued in Lubanga in 2012. Examining those three decisions, this article discusses how Trial Chamber I treated both child soldiering and, more broadly, the issue of children in armed conflict. The article concludes by touching on prospects for the ICC‘s future treatment of these matters. This article first makes a foray into history.
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