Through an overview panel, a distinguished keynote, and three afternoon worksop sessions, examined issues related to children and international criminal justice. International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda delivered a keynote address.

Topics about children and international criminal justice included discussions of regulatory framework (child-specific and child-related crimes, such as recruitment and use of children, sexual violence / trafficking, education, attacks on hospitals / denial of humanitarian access; legal instruments / jurisprudence other than rome statute; children’s rights and human rights law; humanitarian law; law of peace / weapons control treaties; gravity: charging and sentencing), witnesses, testimony, and witness protection (identifying and preparing child witnesses, in general, and with relation to specific offenses like sexual violence, against girls and boys; living conditions of children in conflict/postconflict zones; support and witness protection issues; enhancing child witness reliability / challenging of factfinding reparations), and the global child (children’s vulnerability/victimhood/agency; developmental factors / difficulty of drawing age line; children’s convention: rights and best interests; child protection and child participation: issues of consent; children in militias / conflict zones: roles and experiences; child-friendly dissemination and education).

Experts were drawn from academia and the practice; from international organizations including UNICEF and the Office of the Special Representative to the U.N. Secretary-General for Children & Armed Conflict; and from nongovernmental organizations like Human Rights Watch, International Center for Transitional Justice, International Committee of the Red Cross, No Peace Without Justice, Protect Education in Insecurity & Conflict, Save the Children, Conflict Dynamics International, and The Carter Center. Experts who participated considered legal doctrines, field research, and policy options. The resulting discussions were used to assist the Special Adviser to advise the Office of the Prosecutor, in the process of its development of a Policy Paper on Children.

Schedule of events

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2014
Tuesday, October 28th
9:15 AM

Welcome

C. Donald Johnson, University of Georgia School of Law
Diane Marie Amann, University of Georgia School of Law

Hatton-Lovejoy Courtroom, Hirsch Hall

9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

Plenary Session on Children & International Criminal Justice

Mark Drumbl, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Kerry L. Neal, UNICEF
Linda A. Malone, College of William & Mary/Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Alec Wargo III, Office of the Special Representative to the U.N. Secretary-General for Children & Armed Conflict
Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch
Charles C. Jalloh, Florida International University School of Law

Hatton-Lovejoy Courtroom, Hirsch Hall

9:30 AM - 11:15 AM

11:30 AM

Introduction of Keynote Speaker

Rebecca H. White, University of Georgia School of Law

Hatton-Lovejoy Courtroom, Hirsch Hall

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM

11:40 AM

Keynote Address

Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court

Hatton-Lovejoy Courtroom, Hirsch Hall

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

12:50 PM

Expert Workshop Sessions: (1) Regulatory Framework, (2) Witness, Testimony, and Witness Protection, (3) Global Child

Jonathan Todres, Georgia State University School of Law
Andrea L. Dennis, University of Georgia School of Law
Diane Marie Amann, University of Georgia School of Law
Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court
Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch
Mark Drumbl, Washington & Lee University School of Law
Charles C. Jalloh, Florida International University School of Law
C. Donald Johnson, University of Georgia School of Law
Linda A. Malone, College of William & Mary / Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Kerry L. Neal, UNICEF
Alec Wargo II, Office of the Special Representative to the U.N. Secretary-General for Children & Armed Conflict
Rebecca H. White, University of Georgia School of Law
Houda Abadi, The Carter Center
Gloria Atiba Davies, The Hague International Criminal Court
Véronique Aubert, Save the Children
Shamila Batohi, The Hague International Criminal Court
Tamora A. Callands, University of Georgia College of Public Health
Rachelle Carnesale, Chief Assistant District Attorney: Cherokee County - Canton GA
Harlan G. Cohen, University of Georgia School of Law
Nathan B. Hansen, University of Georgia College of Public Health
Virginie Ladisch, International Center for Transitional Justice
Sharanjeet Parmar, Conflict Dynamics International
Mark Richmond, Education Above All Foundation
Karin Ryan, The Carter Center
Manoj Sachdeva, The Hague International Criminal Court
Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University School of Law Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute
Sam Shoamanesh, The Hague International Criminal Court
L. Alison A. Smith, No Peace Without Justice
Yayoi Yamaguchi, The Hague International Criminal Court
Robert M. Young, International Committee of the Red Cross

Sanders Board Room, Dean Rusk Hall and Cheeley Room, Hirsch Hall

12:50 PM - 4:10 PM

Expert Session (1): Regulatory Framework

Topics:

Child-Specific and Child-Related Crimes: Recruitment and Use of Children, Sexual Violence / Trafficking, Education, Attacks on Hospitals / Denial of Humanitarian Access; Legal Instruments / Jurisprudence Other Than Rome Statute; Children’s Rights and Human Rights Law; Humanitarian Law; Law of Peace / Weapons Control Treaties; Gravity: Charging and Sentencing

Expert Session (2): Witnesses, Testimony, and Witness Protection

Topics:

Identifying and Preparing Child Witnesses (in general, and with relation to specific offenses like sexual violence, against girls and boys); Living conditions of children in conflict/postconflict zones (i.e., children in refugee camps, “street children,” children & marabouts, etc.); Support and Witness Protection Issues; Enhancing Child Witness Reliability / Challenging of Factfinding Reparations

Expert Session: Global Child

Topics:

Children’s Vulnerability/Victimhood/Agency; Developmental Factors / Difficulty of Drawing Age Line; Children’s Convention: Rights and Best Interests; Child Protection and Child Participation: Issues of Consent; Children in Militias / Conflict Zones: Roles and Experiences; Child-Friendly Dissemination and Education

4:10 PM

Closing Remarks

Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court

Sanders Board Room, Dean Rusk Hall

4:10 PM - 4:15 PM