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Military Training and Children in Armed Conflict: law policy and practice

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Jenny Kuper|
Brill Academic Publishers: Martinus & Nijhoff (March 2005)

Book launch

Military Training and Children in Armed Conflict: law policy and practice will be launched on Tuesday 8 March at LSE from 6pm. The launch, organised by the Crisis States Research Centre and LSE Law Department, will be presented by Victoria Brittain and Christine Chinkin. This event is invitation only.

The event is preceded by a roundtable discussion, Treading a Fine Line: soldiers and the law, with Jenny Kuper, research fellow, LSE Law Department and Crisis States Research Centre, Destin, and David Roberts, International Committee of the Red Cross delegate and specialist in humanitarian law training of armed forces. Other speakers to be confirmed. This event is from 5-6pm at LSE.

For more information, or to register interest, please contact Wendy Foulds, LSE, on 020 7849 4631, email: csp@lse.ac.uk|

During recent armed conflicts - such as those in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda - public attention was repeatedly caught by images of children, both as civilians and as soldiers. Those conflicts, like so many others, were vivid reminders that where there is armed conflict, there are also, almost always, children. Soldiers and officers fulfil many roles in relation to such children - sometimes as combatants, sometimes as humanitarian workers, sometimes as protectors and/or, sometimes as enemies and abusers. 

Military Training and Children in Armed Conflict aims to address three main questions: what are the obligations of officers of national armed forces in relation to children, either civilians or combatants, whom they or those under their command may encounter while participating in situations of armed conflict? How realistic and achievable are these obligations? How can compliance with them be encouraged, monitored, and/or enforced? 

The book examines these questions in the context of military training. In doing so, it has another inextricably linked aim: to see if there are ways in which the training of officers can improve the protection of children in armed conflict situations, in accordance with international law and policy. It is intended for use particularly by those involved in training in national armed forces, including officers themselves, and members of governments, NGOs and inter-governmental organisations. It will also be of interest to lawyers, academics and others concerned with child rights and related law and policy.  The book also contains examples of actual training materials that can be modified for use in different countries and contexts. 

Dr Jenny Kuper is a research fellow at LSE. Her PhD, International Law Concerning Child Civilians in Armed Conflict (from King's College, London) was published by Oxford University Press. Prior to this, she worked for a number of years as a UK lawyer, particularly with The Children's Legal Centre, a national child advocacy organisation.  

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