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Dr. Shelly Whitman: International Day Against the Use of Child Soldiers

International Day to End the Use of Child Soldiers
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“A future where children are no longer used as weapons of war is within our grasp—but only if we choose to make children a priority to achieve peace and security.”

No Child’s War Manifesto


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Peer beyond the headlines of conflict and reveal its effects on societies’ most vulnerable. 



Not My War investigates the effects of war on a child from a social, physical and psychological point of view. From a girl fleeing continued strife in Syria, to a boy reintegrating after serving in the ranks of Boko Haram in Nigeria, you will learn about the complex and long-term effects of war on children.



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Global Affairs Canada Awards the Dallaire Initiative 3.3 million to create national level project in South Sudan


Global Affairs Canada has announced a 3 million dollar grant for the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative to develop a national level program in South Sudan that will aim to progressively end the recruitment and use of child soldiers.

The project will seek to protect girls and boys in South Sudan from recruitment and use as child soldiers by working with security actors—such as the national forces, UN peacekeepers – as well as civil society actors— to strengthen strategies to protect children becoming weapons of war. This will be accomplished through training and sensitization activities undertaken by Dallaire Initiative staff with local partners that aims to change attitudes and behaviours with respect to the use of children as weapons of war.


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Children should not fight wars. Agree? Join the No Child’s War Movement Today!


Children should not fight wars.

Yet, tens of thousands of children are forced, coerced or born into conflict every day where they end up fighting a war that adults created.

A future where children are no longer used as weapons of war is within our grasp—but only if we choose to make children a priority to achieve peace and security.

Make this future a reality by joining the No Child’s War movement today! child.so/2gM0oAU


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The time for a holistic approach to preventing the use of child soldiers has come. We need to work across disciplines to create robust responses that prevent the recruitment and use of children as soldiers.”

Dr. Shelly Whitman, Executive Director of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative

Video letter from Dr. Shelly Whitman.


Today is February 12th, the international day against the use of child soldiers. The Dallaire Initiative’s unique, security sector approach is building momentum towards innovative solutions to ending the use of child soldiers around the world.




Not every child soldier carries a gun.


#weaponsofwar aims to raise awareness about the large number of roles child soldiers to undertake across the globe and breaks the common iconography that all child soldiers carry guns.


Allons-y | Call for proposals now open!


Allons-y is a peer-reviewed publication written by young academics and practitioners, complemented by expert commentary, designed to foster discussion and innovative thinking on issues relating to children affected by armed conflict. Learn More.




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The Dallaire Initiative has created an advocacy kit with the tools and knowledge that you require to help build a movement around preventing the recruitment and use of child soldiers.




The ultimate focus of the rest of my life is to end the use of child soldiers and to eliminate even the thought of the use of children as an instrument of war”

– LGen Roméo Dallaire (Ret’d), Founder of the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative


Please help us keep children off of the frontlines!

Your gift will help grow our flagship work: training military, police, peacekeepers, security personnel and community groups –  often the first point of contact for child soldiers – on how to prevent the use of child soldiers. By equipping those on the front lines with the right tools and training, we believe we can help put an end to the recruitment of children. Join us!

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Syracuse University News – Media, Law, and Policy: ‘The Founders,’ Co-Edited by David M. Crane, Charts Creation of World’s First International Tribunals

Tuesday, February 6, 2018, By Martin Walls

book cover of "The Founders" alongside photo of David Crane

Never before have international chief prosecutors written in detail about the challenges they faced, but with the publication of “The Founders”—co-edited by David M. Crane, professor of practice in the College of Law; Leila Sadat of Washington University School of Law, St. Louis; and Michael P. Scharf of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Ohio—comes the complex story of four individuals who created the world’s first international tribunals and special courts.

A candid look at how the founding prosecutors sought justice for millions of victims, the backdrop to these tales is four of the most appalling conflicts of modern times: the Balkan wars in the former Yugoslavia (1991-2001), which included the Bosnian genocide and led to hundreds of thousands of casualties and displaced peoples; the 1994 mass slaughter of Tutsi in Rwanda by members of the Hutu majority government; the Cambodian genocide (1975-1979), perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge; and crimes against humanity committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War (1991-2002). The crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during these conflicts spurred the creation of international tribunals designed to bring the perpetrators of unimaginable atrocities to justice.

When Richard Goldstone, David M. Crane, Robert Petit and Luis Moreno-Ocampo received their orders from the international community, each set out on a quest to build unique postconflict justice mechanisms and launch their first prosecutions. South African jurist Goldstone founded the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, which indicted 161 individuals between 1997 and 2004. Crane was the chief prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2002 until 2005, indicting, among others, then-President of Liberia Charles Taylor for his role in crimes committed against Sierra Leoneans. (Incidentally, Crane was the first American to be named the chief prosecutor of an international war crimes tribunal since Justice Robert Jackson at Nuremberg, Germany, in 1945.)  The founder of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia was Canadian Robert Petit, who led the investigation and prosecution of five of the senior-most leaders of the Khmer Rouge. Lastly, Argentinian lawyer Luis Moreno-Ocampo is most famous for becoming the first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. During his tenure, which began in 2003, Moreno-Ocampo opened investigations into crimes committed in Burundi, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Uganda and Georgia.

“As we worked on this book it occurred to me the extraordinary professional and personal risk we took in establishing these ground-breaking justice mechanisms. We all had successful careers when we literally received ‘the call’ asking us to stop our life trajectory and to take on a task with absolutely no certainty of success,” says Crane, who continues to work on humanitarian and atrocity law issues at the College of Law, including with the student-run Syrian Accountability Project. “We were in unchartered waters, yet we were drawn to the possibility of bringing justice to victims of horrific acts. This we did, and we took up the flaming sword of justice. It was an honor and a privilege to be asked to found these international courts.”

With no blueprint and little precedent, each prosecutor became a pathfinder. “The Founders” offers behind-the-scenes, first-hand stories of these historic journeys, the challenges the prosecutors faced, the obstacles they overcame and the successes they achieved. Contributions are made by the founders themselves, as well as former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Hans Corell, Leila Nadya Sadat, Michael Scharf, William Schabas and David Scheffer.

War Crimes Prosecution Watch: Volume 12, Issue 24- February 5, 2018


Michael P. Scharf

War Crimes Prosecution Watch

Volume 12 – Issue 24
February 5, 2018

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Technical Editor-in-Chief
Samantha Smyth

Managing Editors
Rina Mwiti
Alexandra Mooney

War Crimes Prosecution Watch is a bi-weekly e-newsletter that compiles official documents and articles from major news sources detailing and analyzing salient issues pertaining to the investigation and prosecution of war crimes throughout the world. To subscribe, please email warcrimeswatch@pilpg.org and type “subscribe” in the subject line.

Opinions expressed in the articles herein represent the views of their authors and are not necessarily those of the War Crimes Prosecution Watch staff, the Case Western Reserve University School of Law or Public International Law & Policy Group.




Central African Republic

Sudan & South Sudan

Democratic Republic of the Congo



Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

Lake Chad Region — Chad, Nigeria, Niger, and Cameroon





Rwanda (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda)





Court of Bosnia & Herzegovina, War Crimes Chamber

International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia

Domestic Prosecutions In The Former Yugoslavia





Special Tribunal for Lebanon

Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal

War Crimes Investigations in Burma

Israel and Palestine



North & Central America

South America


Truth and Reconciliation Commission



Gender-Based Violence

Commentary and Perspectives


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International Nuremberg Principles Academy: Launch of Lexsitus Open Access Online Service for ICL

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Dear Madam, dear Sir,

The International Nuremberg Principles Academy – in co-operation with the Centre for International Law Research and Policy (CILRAP) – is pleased to announce the launch of Lexsitus, a new online service to support the learning of, and work with, legal sources in international criminal law.

Lexsitus offers visually integrated access to lectures, commentary, case law, preparatory works, and digests, at the level of every article of the Statute of the International Criminal Court. This includes more than 230 subtitled lectures (with full-text searchable transcripts) by a diverse Lexsitus Faculty of 50 experts, including Klaus Rackwitz, Director of the Nuremberg Academy.

On its landing page you find a user-friendly audio-visual tutorial, and introductions by leaders in the field such as Prosecutors Serge Brammertz (Vice-President of the Advisory Council of the Nuremberg Academy), Benjamin B. Ferencz, Richard J. Goldstone, and Mirna Goransky, Judges Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and LIU Daqun, Professors Morten Bergsmo and Narinder Singh, and Dr. Alexa Koenig.

Lexsitus seeks to contribute to ongoing and future efforts to develop capacity in international criminal law and international human rights law. It is also relevant to our discussions on dissemination of international law, proper access to law and thereby access to justice.

You find more information about Lexsitus here. We invite you to explore this new open access service, which is now part of the global commons.

If you have questions or feedback about Lexsitus, please send an e-mail message directly to lexsitus@cilrap.org.

The Nuremberg Academy and CILRAP are pleased to offer you this new service and invite you to discover Lexsitus.

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