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New guide: Legal advocacy for children’s rights

Thursday 10th of August 2017
Juvenile Justice in the world

In July, the Child Rights International Network (CRIN) published an introductory guide that offers a brief overview of avenues regarding legal advocacy for children’s rights. The document offers guidance on how legal advocates or those recurring to it can explore their options, and how to promote legal advocacy work with other children’s rights defenders. 


Legal advocacy has improved children’s rights in many countries and it has certainly become harder to ignore than traditional campaigning methods. Nevertheless, in many places it can prove to be an uphill push, depending on the specifics of each legal system. Therefore, CRIN recommends assessing the democratic and legal environment of a country when deciding which kinds of legal advocacy are most likely to bring results.

The introductory guide offers four main kinds of legal advocacy: exposing gaps in the law, using the law to improve policy and practice, improving the law, and bringing legal complaints. This publication offers some guidance on how to understand the different available options, and subsequently decide on a course of action.

The IJJO welcomes CRIN’s efforts to support organisations and activists around the world to advocate effectively for children’s rights, an shares CRIN’s belief in the importance of promoting legal advocacy in order to make sure that children’s rights are recognised, respected and enforced. 


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