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Examples Of Domestic Laws Of countries Permitting Some corporal Punishment Of Children

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This chapter focuses on the United States and Canada as providing sufficient exemplars of legalized parental and other corporal punishment of children. The author has selected the United States because the subject of corporal punishment of children is mostly regulated by states, rather than by the national government, and since there are fifty states, the United States is a plentiful source of variations on the theme. And, he has selected Canada inasmuch as its Supreme Court recently issued a decision on the legality of corporal punishment of children that is emblematic of the piecemeal reforms some countries are experimenting with. The chapter presents a representative sampling of American state laws, as well as a few relevant federal laws, on corporal punishment of children. The high Court's opinion acknowledges that there is a principle of fundamental justice that accused must enjoy adequate procedural protections in the criminal justice system.

Keywords: Canada; corporal punishment of children; criminal justice system; domestic laws; United States



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