The New York City Bar Association's Committee on African Affairs will sponsor a panel on an issue much in the news these days, given the verdicts in Lubanga and Taylor, not to mention the "Kony 2012" video.
Title for the panel, which will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the House of the Association, 42 West 44th Street, New York, is "The Child Soldier Crisis:Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation." (IntLawGrrls posts on child soldiers available here.)
'Today approximately 300,000 children are serving as soldiers in more than 30 conflicts worldwide in clear violation of international law. Many have been abducted or recruited by force and others join armed groups out of desperation and impoverished circumstances. This panel of noted experts will explore the use of child soldiers as a violation of international law and will also propose strategies for prevention and rehabilitation.'Scheduled to speak are: Grace Akallo (left), former child soldier and founder and Executive Director of United Africans for Women and Children Rights (photo credit); Jo Becker, Advocacy Director, Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch; Radhika Coomaraswamy (below right), Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (photo credit); and Penille Ironside, Senior Advisor, Child Protection in Emergencies, UNICEF.
Moderating will be Elizabeth Barad, an international law and gender consultant and member of the Association committee that's sponsoring the event. Cosponsoring are 2 other Association committees, on International Human Rights and on Children and Law, as well as the Association's Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice.
The event is free, but attendees are asked to RSVP to Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.