Past eventInvitation Only

Better than Cure: Preventing the Recruitment and Use of Children in National and Proxy Armed Forces

31 May 2012 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Chatham House, London


Richard Clarke, Director, Child Soldiers International
Isabelle Guitard, report co-author and Africa Programme Manager, Child Soldiers International
Trish Hiddleston, Visiting Fellow, LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights
Charu Lata Hogg, Associate Fellow, Asia Programme, Chatham House; Child Soldiers International
Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, International Security, Chatham House



Despite near-universal condemnation of the use of children in armed forces, and widespread ratification of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and its 2002 Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict, children continue to be used in government and proxy armed forces around the world.

As part of wider discussion on prevention mechanisms and best practice for prevention of recruitment and use of children in armed forces, Isabelle Guitard will present and discuss the findings of Child Soldiers International’s report Better than Cure: Preventing the recruitment and use of children in the Chadian national army.

Discussants will expand on further international cases of recruitment, established preventive mechanisms and international, institutional and governmental approaches to this issue. Participants will then be invited to discuss the preventive agenda and paths towards its promotion.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only.