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Julia Sloth-Nielsen

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This chapter reviews corporal punishment in multiple settings – penal, educational and in the home – in four southern African countries which share common legal heritages. The principal focus is the respective role of legislatures, the executive and the judiciary in moving towards abolition (or not). The chapter highlights some pitfalls of failing to approach an abolitionist agenda with the necessary sensitivity to the nuances between the roles of the respective arms of government. Although the Canadian judgment of Canadian Foundation for Child Youth and the Law v Attorney General, Canada (2000) may present an unwelcome counterweight, the chapter nevertheless concludes that as far as corporal punishment in the home is concerned at least, judicial abolition is more likely than parliamentary acquiescence in prevailing parliamentary systems in the sub-region.

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Ton Liefaard and Julia Sloth-Nielsen

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Taking Stock after 25 Years and Looking Ahead

Edited by Ton Liefaard and Julia Sloth-Nielsen

In 2014 the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty, one specifically for children, reached the milestone of its twenty-fifth anniversary. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and in the time since then it has entered a new century, reshaping laws, policies, institutions and practices across the globe, along with fundamental conceptions of who children are, their rights and entitlements, and society’s duties and obligations to them.
Yet despite its rapid entry into force worldwide, there are concerns that the Convention remains a high-level paper treaty without the traction on the ground needed to address ever-continuing violations of children’s rights. This book, based on papers from the conference ‘25 Years CRC’ held by the Department of Child Law at Leiden University, draws together a rich collection of research and insight by academics, practitioners, NGOs and other specialists to reflect on the lessons of the past 25 years, take stock of how international rights find their way into children’s lives at the local level, and explore the frontiers of children’s rights for the 25 years ahead.