Towards a Gender-Inclusive Definition of Child Soldiers: The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga


Gallagher, Kristin. 2010. “Towards a Gender-Inclusive Definition of Child Soldiers: The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga.” Eyes on the ICC 7: 115–36.

Author: Kristin Gallagher


This article addresses the importance of the first case before the International Criminal Court through the lens of gender analysis. While the charges against the defendant in The Prosecutor v. Thomas Lubanga Dyilo are limited to conscripting and enlisting child soldiers and using them actively in hostilities, the case has huge precedential value because it will be the first decided before the International Criminal Court. This article argues for a broad interpretation of the law so that female child soldiers receive protection and recognition under the law.

Topics: Armed Conflict, Combatants, Child Soldiers, Gender, Girls, Boys, Gender Analysis, International Law, International Criminal Law Regions: Africa

Year: 2010

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