The four general principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: the potential value of the approach in other areas of human rights law

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Abstract

At the outset of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Committee on the Rights of the Child identified four of its provisions (non-discrimination; best interests of the child as a primary consideration; life, survival and development; and participation) as ‘general principles’. This approach has shaped implementation of, advocacy for and the scholarship on the Convention. The use of general principles has the potential to make a significant contribution in other areas of human rights law provided that the principles are selected carefully and address the distinct issues at the root of potential rights violations for particular rights-holders.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChildren’s Rights Law in the Global Human Rights Landscape: Isolation, Inspiration, Integration
PublisherRoutledge
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Children's Rights

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