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Atrocity Crimes, Children and International Criminal Courts
Killing Childhood

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ISBN 9781032420554
April 13, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
296 Pages

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Book Description

This book shows how international criminal courts have only given limited and inconsistent attention to atrocity crimes affecting children.

The work elucidates the many structural, legal, financial and even attitudinal obstacles, often overlapping, that have contributed to the international courts’ focus on the experience of adults, rendering children almost invisible. It reviews whether and how different international and hybrid criminal jurisdictions have considered international crimes committed against or by children. The text also considers how international criminal justice can help contribute to the recognition of the specific impact international crimes have on children, as victims or as participants and makes recommendations to improve their protection.

Finally, it proposes an agenda to improve this situation, making specific recommendations, encompassing the urgent need to further elaborate child-friendly procedures. It also calls for the international investigative and prosecutorial strategies to be less adult-centric and broaden the scope of crimes against children beyond the focus on child-soldiers.

The book will be an invaluable resource for academics, researchers and fieldworkers in the areas of international criminal law, international human rights law/child rights, international humanitarian law, child protection and transitional justice.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The legal protection of children under international law; 3. International Courts and Child Specific Crimes; 4. International Courts and Children Victims of Generic Atrocity Crimes; 5. International Courts and Children involved in international crimes; 6. Conclusion;

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Dr Cécile Aptel is a visiting professor at the Geneva Graduate Institute, professor of practice at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, and visiting scientist at Harvard. She is also an international legal practitioner recognised for her expertise in international criminal justice, international humanitarian law and human rights. She has over 20 years of experience in international affairs, working for several UN entities, think-tanks and NGOs, at headquarters and in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans. She currently is the deputy director of UNIDIR, a UN think-tank on disarmament and security, and was until 2019, director and acting under-secretary general at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. Previously, she led the creation of the UN Mechanism on Syria and contributed to establishing the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina and, earlier, the UN international tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.