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Child Perpetrators on Trial

Child Perpetrators on Trial
Insights from Post-Genocide Rwanda


  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108496551

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  • Following a devastating genocide in 1994, the Rwandan government elected to hold all perpetrators accountable - including children. Thousands of children were held in prisons while awaiting charges; some were later convicted. This book is about these children. Drawing on interviews and extensive archival research in Rwanda, it documents their journey through prisons, formal courts, gacaca proceedings or re-education centres. Its insights extend beyond Rwanda, looking at how international law protects children accused of even the most serious atrocities. The book is about law in action, and how states, and international organisations, operationalise international standards on child perpetrators in challenging post-conflict conditions. Engaging with theories from international law, international relations and anthropology, it illuminates strategies utilised by UNICEF to promote the rights of alleged child génocidaires and traces UNICEF's positive influence on their protection. It makes the case for principled pragmatism as an approach to human rights promotion in post-conflict societies.

    • Provides a significant resource for researchers on Rwanda but also on children and transitional justice, and provides insights beyond Rwanda for the treatment of child perpetrators globally
    • Offers a useful resource for international agencies and activists involved in child protection and in human rights protection/promotion in post-conflict situations
    • Goes beyond existing theoretical literature and provides evidence-based evaluation of the domestic prosecution of children accused of atrocities
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108496551
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 4 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. International standards on child perpetrators of atrocities
    3. Putting international standards into practice
    4. Rwanda: setting the context
    5. Rwanda's responses, in law, policy and practice, to child génocidaires
    6. International actors and the Rwandan child génocidaire
    7. UNICEF Rwanda's policy and advocacy: a strategic approach
    8. Evaluating UNICEF Rwanda's approach: a case of principled pragmatism?
    9. Child perpetrators and child rights: Rwanda and beyond.

  • Author

    Jastine C. Barrett
    Jastine C. Barrett is a UK-qualified lawyer and independent human rights consultant. She is currently an Honorary Researcher at Kent Law School, the University of Kent. Barrett completed her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, and also holds an LL.M. in International Law and International Relations and a B.A. (Hons) in Languages. She has served as Editor and Managing Editor for the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law and on the management committee of the 'UK's Solicitors'.

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