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W&L Law Hosts Panel Discussion on Child Soldiers Contributors to a recent book on child soldiers will participate in a panel discussion on Feb. 4 at 10:00 a.m. at the Law School.

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Who is a child soldier? What happens to child soldiers after conflict? What to do when a child commits war crimes? These are a few of the many questions asked in a recently published book “Research Handbook on Child Soldiers,” edited by Washington and Lee law Professor Mark Drumbl and University of Kent Law School researcher Jastine Barrett.

The book is the subject of a panel discussion set for Tuesday, February 4 at 10:00 am in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, Sydney Lewis Hall on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The event is free and open to the public.

“‘Research Handbook on Child Soldiers’ features 30 expert authors from six continents trained in many different disciplines and challenges prevailing assumptions and conceptions,” said Drumbl. “It emphasizes the resilience, humanity and potential of children affected – rather than ‘afflicted’ – by armed conflict.”

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Four of the contributors will share their perspectives, and Drumbl will serve as moderator. Scheduled speakers include:

  • Professor Myriam Denov, McGill University
  • Professor Valerie Oosterveld, University of Western Ontario
  • Professor Iuliia Hobban, Radford University
  • Joseph Rikhof, formerly Government of Canada Department of Justice
  • Professor Mohamed Kamara, Washington and Lee

The book was published in August 2019 and is available now from Elgar Press. You can read more about the book here. In the video below, Prof. Mark Drumbl discusses the book and its findings.