February 16, 2018

Professors Getgen Kestenbaum, Rona Involved in Creation of UN Book Addressing Child Involvement in Armed Groups in Contemporary Armed Conflict

Professor Getgen Kestenbaum
Professor Rona

Professor Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum and Professor Gabor Rona were involved in the creation of a new book launched this week, Cradled by Conflict: Child Involvement with Armed Groups in Contemporary Conflict. At a meeting in August, Rona chaired and Kestenbaum participated in expert consultations on the drafting of the book.  Kestenbaum contributed to chapters related to law and children affected by conflict. Rona co-wrote a chapter, in collaboration with Mark Drumbl, Professor of Law and Director of the Transnational Law Institute at Washington and Lee University, titled Navigating Challenges in Child Protection and the Reintegration of Children Associated with Armed Groups.

The book is a compilation of contributions addressing child involvement with armed groups in contemporary armed conflict.This edited volume is the result of an almost two-year collaborative research initiative led by the United Nations University (UNU) in close consultation with and with support from the Governments of Luxembourg and Switzerland, UNICEF, and the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).

At an event at the UN Headquarters on February 12, 2018, panelists presented their findings from their field research in Syria, Iraq, and Mali. The panel considered the policy implications of the volume’s findings and how the latter might inform programmatic guidance for practitioners working to protect children from armed group association, and to facilitate the release and reintegration of those children who could not avoid association.