The status of child offenders under international criminal justice: lessons from Sierra Leone
journal contributionposted on 2004-01-01, 00:00 authored by John MorssJohn Morss
This article analyses the status of child offenders under international criminal justice. International criminal proceedings, especially those in the African continent, have recently highlighted the significance of children and young people as perpetrators of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. It has been suggested by one commentator that there exist international prohibitions on the prosecution of children for international crimes. It will be argued here that this claim is not substantiated in respect either of customary or treaty-based international obligations.