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General legislative measures of implementation: individual claims, ‘public officer’s law’ and a case study on the UNCRC in Wales

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This article is concerned with ways in which integration of the UNCRC within national legal systems can help support realisation of the objectives of the UNCRC. Whilst the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child rightly attaches importance to justiciability of the provisions of the Convention, equally important for many of the UNCRC’s provisions are strong parliamentary and administrative mechanisms which do not depend on an individual claim of rights violation. Advantages of such mechanisms include greater opportunities for deliberative engagement and for measurement of impact on the lives of children. The article considers the proposed Rights of Children and Young People (Wales) Measure 2010 as a legislative model for such a mechanism.

Affiliations: 1: School of Law, Swansea University


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