Contemporary International Law and the Participation of Children in Armed Conflicts
Date of Award
Doctor of Law (SJD)
Professor Dr. Christian N. Okeke
Distinguished Professor Dr. Sompong Sucharitkul
Professor Jon Sylvester
A considerable body of international law exists which aim to regulate the use of children in armed conflicts but they are not observed or implemented by states and non-state actors. This dissertation examines the contemporary international law concerning the participation of children in armed conflicts. It discusses the reasons why children participate in armed conflicts and the effect of such participation. The dissertation analyses the international laws and instruments applicable to child soldiers and their effectiveness. It discusses the United States position regarding the international efforts to stop the use of children in armed conflicts and notes the importance of United States power in enforcing international laws. The dissertation analyzes the problems of implementation, compliance, and enforcement of these international laws and makes recommendations to strengthen the impact of these legal instruments regarding the participation of children in armed conflicts.
Madubuike-Ekwe, Ndubuisi Joseph, "Contemporary International Law and the Participation of Children in Armed Conflicts" (2007). Theses and Dissertations. 76.