Monthly archive June, 2019

Children associated with terrorist groups in the context of the legal framework for child soldiers

1. Introduction The high profile case of nineteen-year-old Shamima Begum, who ran away from her home in London when she was fifteen to join the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and was discovered, heavily pregnant, in a camp for internally displaced persons in early 2019, refocused attention on the issue of children who join terrorist...

Children in conflicts as victims and perpetrators? Reassessing the debate on child soldiers in light of the involvement of children with terrorist groups

Introduced by Giulio Bartolini and Marco Pertile   The issue of child soldiers and, in more general terms, of the involvement of children in conflicts has been the object of broad interest in the academic debate over time, especially from the perspective of international humanitarian law, human rights law, and international criminal law.[1] Suffice it...