Child Victims of International Crimes as “Victim Participants” at the International Criminal Court at The Hague: The Psychological Implications of their Search for Justice

By Sonja Grover.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper explores the therapeutic benefits for child victims of pursuing international criminal justice remedies for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated against children. The paper suggests that pursuing such judicial remedies as ‘victim participants’ rather than exclusively as ‘victim witnesses’ at the International Criminal Court at The Hague serves the therapeutic function of allowing the child victim to advocate on his or her own behalf and on behalf of other similarly situated child victims thus enhancing the child’s sense of perceived control. The foregoing
then serves to validate the child’s perception of his or her own undeserved suffering; legitimate the child’s claim to societal recognition of that suffering and affirm the child’s entitlement to a judicious international criminal court remedy.

Keywords: International Criminal Court, International Human Rights, Children’s Human Rights, Global Justice, Trauma

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.295-304. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.145MB).

Dr. Sonja Grover

Professor, Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Sonja Grover is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University. She has published extensively in the area of children’s human rights. Her research is interdisciplinary combining social science, education and the law. Her work is a form of applied human rights advocacy highlighting needed legislative and social policy changes that will positively impact children’s well-being and enhance recognition of their inherent rights and freedoms. She has a special interests in marginalized child groups. Her book “Children’s Human Rights: Challenging Global Barriers to the Child Liberation Movement” was published by Sandstone Academic Press in May, 2007 and her book “The Child’s Right to Legal Standing” was published by Lexis Nexis in 2008. Her new book Prosecuting International Crimes and Human Rights Abuses Committed Against Children: Leading International Court Cases published by Springer will be released by the publisher in the summer of 2009.

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