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Transitional and generational justice: Children involved in armed conflicts

Quenivet, Noelle

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Natalia Szablewska
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Sascha-Dominik Bachmann
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Abstract

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015. The debate between restorative and retributive justice has never been felt so strongly than in relation to the crimes perpetrated by children in armed conflicts in Africa. The society in which these children have perpetrated the crimes demands justice in the form of punishment. For the victims, children, alike adults, have taken part in the commission of a range of atrocities and therefore ought to face the might of lady Justice. In contrast, the international community, especially the United Nations, is loath to put these children to trial. No individual who at the time of the commission of the crime was below 18 years of age has been prosecuted in an international criminal tribunal. This chapter explores what would be the result of the trial of a child soldier in order to find out whether such a trial would promote transitional and generational justice, bringing together the society at large. In this quest particular attention is paid not only to the legal but also to the political and sociological framework.

Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal Current Issues in Transitional Justice: Towards a More Holistic Approach
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Pages 55-81
Series Title Springer Series in Transitional Justice
Book Title Current Issues in Transitional Justice: Towards a More Holistic Approach
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APA6 Citation Quénivet, N., & Quenivet, N. (2015). Transitional and generational justice: Children involved in armed conflicts. In N. Szablewska, & S. Bachmann (Eds.), Current Issues in Transitional Justice: Towards a More Holistic Approach, (55-81). Berlin: Springer Verlag. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09390-1_3
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09390-1_3
Keywords children, conflict, justice
Publisher URL http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-09390-1_3
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