Sunday, November 22, 2015

Child Soldiers: More Victims than Perpetrators

By Lisa Dallessandro
Lisa Dallessandro, a third-year student at Albany Law School, is an Executive Editor of International Law Studies.
Lisa was born and raised in Hudson Valley, N.Y. She received her B.A. in History from Boston College in May 2012. After graduating college, she interned at Sanocki, Newman, and Turret, a New York City firm specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury. In her free time, she enjoys reading historical biographies, listening to classical music, and playing with her dog, Eric.
Lisa wrote this paper for Prof. Bonventre's International Law of War & Crime Seminar.

Child soldiers present the international community with a tremendous challenge.  An estimated 300,000 children participate in more than 30 conflicts worldwide. The phenomenon of child soldiers has given rise to a complex victim-perpetrator paradox and made the prosecution of child soldiers a controversial issue around the world.

After considering the arguments for and against the prosecutions of child soldiers, this paper will argue that the international community is right to emphasize rehabilitation and reintegration over prosecution.  The paper will then evaluate DDR programs, the predominant form of rehabilitation and reintegration, and argue that their success is dependent on outside influences.
To read the paper, open HERE.