Children and counter-terrorism

Professor Carolyn Hamilton, Flavia Colonnese and Maurice Dunaiski


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Prof Carolyn Hamilton was contracted by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) to conduct research on juvenile justice in the context of counter-terrorism. The overall objective of the research project was to shed light on the particular vulnerability of children and juveniles in the context of counter-terrorism legislation and policies. The recommendations provided aim to help governments integrate domestic and international juvenile justice and child protection standards into their counter-terrorism frameworks. The research report includes an overview of the international legislative framework pertaining to children and counter-terrorism, as well as case studies on two countries with different legal traditions and counter-terrorism approaches (England and Germany). The findings were presented to members of the UN Working Group on Criminal Justice Sector and Rule of Law of the Global Counterterrorism Forum in Malta in November 2015.