Children and the Responsibility to Protect

Children and the Responsibility to Protect

New research examines ‘Children and the Responsibility to Protect’ framework

2 September 2016

Dr Luke Glanville and Dr Bina Costa from the Coral Bell School of Asia and Pacific Affairs have secured funding through the Asia-Pacific Innovation Program (APIP) to develop new research on “Children and the Responsibility to Protect” – a framework which will be used to protect populations (particularly children) from the crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing.

Dr Glanville hopes the research will help inform better policy to protect children in danger.

“Children are at particular risk from crimes in war. They represent some of the most marginalised categories of population during armed conflicts and complex emergencies, and are disproportionately affected by violence.

“Children drowning in the process of crossing the Mediterranean in search of refuge from wars, girls kidnapped in Nigeria by Boko Haram, schools attacked in Pakistan, and young adolescents targeted during protests in the West Bank and Kashmir speak volumes about the vulnerabilities of children in time of conflict. And yet to date there has been little study of what the Responsibility to Protect has to say about children” Dr Glanville said.

This research is one of the first projects in the field that takes into account children’s own experiences, perspectives and recommendations.

This project will explore three key issues – what the Responsibility to Protect has to say about children; how the Responsibility to Protect might work at national, regional, and international levels to protect children and prevent violence against them; and how the Responsibility to Protect standards might take into account children’s resilience” Dr Glanville said.

“There are great scholars out there working on this issue and we thought that, by bringing them together and drawing on their wide-ranging expertise, we might be able to answer some of the pressing questions around this important issue.” Dr Glanville said.

A conference will be held at ANU on Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28 on ‘Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: domestic processes and foreign assistance’.

Find out more about Dr Luke Glanville’s research.

Find out more about Dr Bina Costa’s research.

The next round of APIP funding is open and applications are due November 11. More information.

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