Child Soldiers Recruitment in International Criminal Law

Document Type : Original Article



Children are recruited by various forms in armed conflicts. UN-based International community has criminalized it as one of the examples of war crimes and predicted for its perpetrators penal sanctions. This article seeks to study and answer to this question: how is evaluated the effectiveness of international community's legislative criminal policy vis-á- vis this phenomenon. This paper examines and analyses the effectiveness of criminal policy by descriptive-analytical method with regard to and emphasis on the jurisprudence of international criminal tribunals.


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