Children’s Rights: International and National Laws and Practices

Teresa Miguel-Stearns

 The Library of Congress has launched a series of multinational, comparative legal studies on the rights of children.  

"Children’s Rights examines sixteen nations, across five continents: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Iran,

Israel, Japan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, Russia, and the United

Kingdom (England and Wales). For each nation, the study focuses on the

domestic laws and policies that affect child health and social welfare,

education and special needs, child labor and exploitation, sale and

trafficking of children, and juvenile justice. Children’s Rights also lists which pertinent international treaties the nation has ratified and implemented."

The reports, as well as an overview (providing a summary of relevant global and regional legal instruments, including

human-rights related instruments and international agreements on

child protection and placement), are available in both html and pdf format, with footnotes and hyperlinks.  The overview and the country reports, as they become available, can be accessed from the project's main page.

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