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Implementation of International Conventions as a Socio­Legal Enterprise: Examples from the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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The author focuses on the implementation of international conventions on human rights, and has chosen the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The socio-legal enterprise requires insight into the specific kind of problems which the convention raises. The implementation of the political content of the Convention at both the international level and at the national level is a delicate legal issue due to the heterogeneity of legal cultures that intervene in the process. The final battle in the implementation process takes place when the legal ideals of the Convention meet the normative realities of the particular society where it is to be implemented. The author makes use of a norm-model that serves as a heuristic device that can help screen potential and relevant factors that could come into play on the normative scene, which the convention is meant to influence.

Keywords: child rights; international conventions on human rights; norm-model; normative scene; socio-legal enterprise



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