Past event

Invitation Only

Children in Armed Conflict: Reviewing the International Response

Chatham House, London

International Security Department


Chairs: Paul Cornish, Head, International Security Programme and Carrington Professor of International Security, Chatham House
Robert Jackson, Associate Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House


Despite notable progress towards protecting the rights of children in conflict situations, grave violations of children's rights continue around the world. Children remain vulnerable in conflict zones and fragile states and are routinely recruited into armed conflict. There are currently many thousands of child soldiers most notably in Africa but also in other regions such as Asia and South America. The widespread nature of the problem begs a detailed exploration of the uses of child soldiers as armed actors - and, essentially, as an effective military capability - to develop a better understanding of why children continue to be used in this way.

This event will explore the current state of children in armed conflict; the challenges to effective solutions; the suitability of current international laws and processes and the requirements of standing and future practises to bring about change. It will ask how the outputs and outcomes of recent conventions, organisations and debates on this topic can be measured; what are the potential options for further action; and what role states, international organisations (such as the UN and the ICC), and humanitarian organisations and NGOs can play.

Attendance is by invitation only.

For more information please contact Zoe Pelter.