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This section provides some concluding remarks about the book A Commentary on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 2: The Right of Non-Discrimination. The introduction gives a legal interpretation of Article 2, in strict conformity with the Vienna Convention on the Laws of Treaties. The main focus has been the umbrella right of non-discrimination in Article 2(1). The analysis shows that it is made up of three simple elements; that it serves three related functions; and that it can be applied to real-life situations without any intermediate balancing decisions - it is an absolute right. The analysis also shows that Article 2(2) contains two separate rights, a non-discrimination right, and a no-punishment right. This commentary provides a resource to readers as they come to their own conclusions about Article 2(1) and 2(2).

Keywords: Laws of Treaties; no-punishment right; non-discrimination right; rights of the child; Vienna Convention



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