Closing the Gap Between Rights and the Realities of Children’s Lives

  • Natalie Hevener Kaufman
  • Irene Rizzini


With the almost universal ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the international community has acknowledged that children and youth are entitled to basic rights regardless of the country of their origin, nationality, or even that of their residence, whether permanent or temporary. In this chapter we will explicate some of the most important content of international law that affects children and youth, discuss the usefulness as well as the limitations of this set of legal norms, and suggest some steps that we believe are important if legal rights are going to serve to help address the profound problems that face children and youth in their everyday lives (see also Freeman in this volume).


Child Labour Corporal Punishment Childhood Study Civic Education Optional Protocol 
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  • Irene Rizzini

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