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Protecting the World's Children
Impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Diverse Legal Systems


Savitri Gooneskere, Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Emilio Garcia Mendez, Shaheen Sardar Ali
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  • Date Published: June 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521732918

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  • The book contains four studies that compare experiences from countries with similar legal traditions and examine how the Convention on the Rights of the Child has been integrated and harmonized with national legislation in specific countries. The book demonstrates how the CRC can be implemented in different country contexts in an effort to achieve children's rights uniformly across widely divergent legal traditions. It highlights key developments, identifies trends, and draws general conclusions that provide insight into the legal traditions at issue for advocacy in relationship to the implementation of the CRC, as well as to encourage practical actions. The book proposes a framework for enhancing compatibility of national legislation with human rights instruments and with the CRC in particular. The book endeavors to emphasize the CRC's ideology of indivisibility of rights, solidarity, and partnership in realizing children's rights. The book is a powerful advocacy tool for supporting the implementation of the CRC and Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

    • The book is unique and ground-breaking in that it associates a human rights instrument with various legal traditions across the world
    • The book looks beyond the written enumeration of rights to examine how they are (and are not) implemented in practice
    • The book addresses children's rights challenges through a broad spectrum of country-specific examples
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521732918
    • length: 286 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction and overview Savitri Gooneskere
    1. A comparative study of the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: law reform in selected common law countries Rebeca Rios-Kohn
    2. A comparative study of the impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: law reform in selected civil law countries Emilio Garcia Mendez
    3. A comparative perspective of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the principles of Islamic law: law reform and children's rights in Muslim jurisdictions Shaheen Sardar Ali
    4. Law reform and children's rights in plural legal systems: some experiences in sub-Saharan Africa Savitri Gooneskere.

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    Since 1946, UNICEF has been a driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. UNICEF works in 192 countries through country programs and national committees. UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child and works for Millennium Development Goals and for the progress promised in the United Nations Charter.


    Savitri Gooneskere, Rebeca Rios-Kohn, Emilio Garcia Mendez, Shaheen Sardar Ali

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