The Role of International Law in the Elimination of Child Labor


The Role of International Law in the Elimination of Child Labor offers an indispensible contribution to current debates on child labor. It addresses a broad range of subdisciplines, analyzing child labor in the context of social, economic, and cultural issues. The first part of the book traces the development of contemporary law relating to child labor, specifically addressing child slavery, child sexual exploitation, and the use of child soldiers. Part II is devoted to observance and enforcement, discussing state and private reporting mechanisms, complaint procedures, and sanctions.

The book is the 28th volume in the Procedural Aspects of International Law (PAIL) Monograph Series.
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Biographical Note

Holly Cullen, BCL, LLB, LLM, is a Reader in the Department of Law at Durham University in England. Ms. Cullen’s research focuses on European and international human rights law, with a particular emphasis on the rights of the child.

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgments; Foreword; List of Abbreviations; Note on ILO Conventions; Chapter 1: Introduction; Part I: International Standard-Setting in Child Labor: Examining the Priorities of International Law; Chapter 2: Child Slavery and Slavery-Like Practices; Chapter 3: Child Labor and the Sexual and Criminal Exploitation of Children; Chapter 4: Child Soldiers; Chapter 5: Critiques of Prioritization and Alternative
Approaches to Regulating Child Labor; Part II: Implementation of Child Labor Norms Through International Law Chapter 6: International Treaty Supervision: State Reporting and Petition Systems; Chapter 7: Child Labor and the International Trading System; Chapter 8: Technical Assistance and Private Enforcement;
Chapter 9: Conclusion; Bibliography; Table of Cases; Index; About the PAIL Institute.


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