Why Hasn't the U.S. Ratified the Child Rights Convention?


Suffolk University Law School joins institutions and law schools across the United States in hosting a "briefing day" on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on Friday, Nov. 16, 2007, in conjunction with the Campaign for U.S. Ratification.    

The event will explore the potential benefit to children in the United States of ratification and analyze why the United States has so far not taken that step. Local and regional groups involved in child welfare also will discuss how the UNCRC relates to their work. 

The UNCRC, which came into effect in 1990, is a wide-ranging convention on children's rights, credited with helping to establish in international law the concept that children are the autonomous holders of rights.

The United States and Somalia are the only two countries in the world that have not ratified this influential convention.

Proponents of US ratification argue that the convention would provide child advocates with an array of new legal tools and perspectives in such areas as children's health, education, and state protection.

The briefing day is free. Please register in advance with Advanced Legal Studies to reserve a seat.

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, Nov.16, 2007
Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St., Boston


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