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A minor matter? The place of young people in an EU human security doctrine

By Jenny Kuper


This article is a modified version of a paper written for the LSE-based 'Study Group on Europe's Security Capabilities'. It argues for the inclusion of children and young people as a specific constituency within a proposed new Human Security doctrine for EU military and peacekeeping interventions. The article outlines the importance of children/youth in relation to certain key principles of this Human Security approach, including the principles of: a) primacy of human rights; b) clear political authority; c) a 'bottom-up' approach, and d) multilateralism. It looks at a number of initiatives within the UN and EU that already recognise the importance of children and youth, and it concludes by suggesting strategies for raising the profile of children/youth in the proposed EU Human Security agenda

Topics: JZ International relations, K Law (General)
Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1163/092755609X12532563661629
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Provided by: LSE Research Online
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