The aim of this paper is to discuss the participation of children in armed conflicts around the world and the various international legal standards adopted to stop it. The paper will first describe the factors that contribute to the involvement of children in armed conflicts. It will examine the relevant international armed conflict (humanitarian) laws and other legal standards governing the use of children in armed conflicts and their effectiveness. The paper will also discuss the United States position on the Global efforts to ban the use of children in armed conflicts. Finally, the paper will discuss the problems of implementation, compliance and enforcement of the various laws governing the use of children in armed conflicts and make recommendations on how to make the laws more effective in protecting the children from participating in armed conflicts.
Madubuike-Ekwe, Joseph N.
"The International Legal Standards Adopted to Stop the Participation of Children in Armed Conflicts,"
Annual Survey of International & Comparative Law: Vol. 11
, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.ggu.edu/annlsurvey/vol11/iss1/3