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This brief commentary discusses child soldiers in general and Omar Khadr, a 15 yr old whom the United States military captured during armed conflict in Afghanistan, in particular. I suggest the conversation should be broadened and to move past misperceptions of the applicable law and norms concerning detention and prosecution of child belligerents.

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Jurist - Academic Commentary

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child soldiers, omar, khadr, United States, Afghanistan, armed conflict, geneva convention, additional protocol, IAC, NIAC, convention on the rights of the child, european court, european convention, human rights, Rome statute, international criminal court, statute for the special court for sierra l