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Palgrave Macmillan

Transitional Justice for Child Soldiers

Accountability and Social Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Contexts

ISBN 9781137030498
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies

Children are recruited to fight in conflicts around the world and violent cruelty characterizes many of the conflicts in which children participate. Some children are perpetrators of some of the worst acts of depraved murder, disfigurement, and terrorism imaginable. They then struggle to reintegrate into communities that were victims of the violence. Taking into account the interests of children and other victims of conflict, and considering the needs of post-conflict communities, this book examines and offers suggestions for how transitional justice practices should conceptualize and address the involvement of child soldiers in violent collective harm.

This book will appeal to a wide range of scholars from International Relations, Criminal Justice, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Anthropology, Development and African Studies.

Kirsten J. Fisher is a Researcher at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa, Canada and an affiliated Research Fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki. She is the author of Moral Accountability and International Criminal Law.

1. Child Soldiering
2. The Difficult Reintegration
3. Moral and Legal Responsibility of Child Soldiers
4. The Expressive Value of Post-Atrocity Accountability
5. Accountability and Social Reconstruction
6. Trauma, Truth-Telling, and Post-Atrocity Justice
7. Accountability for Child Soldiers
8. Distinctly Girl Soldiers


"Thoughtful, enlightening and thought-provoking. This is a must read for anthropologists, psychosocial workers and persons interested in child mental health and criminal law.' - Grace Akello, Faculty of Medicine, Gulu University, Uganda
'Fisher introduces fresh insight and more creative options to important moral and practical challenges. Her candid approach transcends the simple moral calculus and impractical policy conventions through a well informed and practically guided engagement that speaks to proponents of children's rights, justice advocates and peace practitioners.' - Hugo van der Merwe, Director of Research, Transitional Justice Programme, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, South Africa
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