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There has been a great deal of literature examining the phenomenon of child labor particularly from an international perspective. This is the introductory chapter of the book, which deals with the role of International law in the elimination of child labor. The use of children, initially those without family, but later children in families, was widespread in early factories. The International Labor Organization (ILO) was the first international organization to adopt binding rules on child labor. Amongst its earliest conventions was C 5 of 1919 concerning child labor in industrial employment. After the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was opened for signature in 1989, the language of children's rights does start to creep into child labor issues. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: child labor; CRC; International Labor Organization (ILO); international law



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