Policy advocacy and partnerships for children's rights

Legislative/Policy Papers

These address broader issues of legislative reform, including approach, assessing national legislations’ compliance with international human rights laws, including child rights in constitutional reform, and supportive policies and practices for the implementation of law. 

  • Guidance for Legislative Reform on Juvenile Justice - this document is intended as a guide for parliamentarians and governmental authorities involved in drafting or reviewing juvenile justice laws or juvenile justice chapters or sections in general laws, as well as for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations entities and other national and international partners providing assistance in the process.  It sets principles, standards and norms that States need to consider when amending or drafting legislation and illustrates those issues with some examples of good practice and research.
  • Comprehensive and holistic legislative reform on behalf of children rights - this paper presents an approach to legislative reform that is concerned with understanding the critical indivisibility of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights from an inter-disciplinary perspective, and that encompasses different interventions, as well as measures to realize children’s rights.
  • Legislative reform related to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in diverse legal systems - National case studies: Armenia, Barbados and Ghana – the aim of this paper is to provide a review of legislative reform in relation to the CRC in three countries with unique legal and political backgrounds.
  • Assessing compliance of national legislation with international human rights norms and standards – this paper explores the reasons for undertaking a review and possible reform of national legislation relating to children and outlines some of the considerations and approaches that can be used as part of the process. 
  • Constitutional reforms in favour of children – this paper presents a set of broad guidelines to countries on possible options for the formulation and interpretation of Constitutions as integral parts of comprehensive legislative reform in favour of children.
  • UNICEF’s experience in the area of legislative reform - the objective of this paper is to review UNICEF’s experience in the area of legislative reform, with a view to sharing knowledge and informing future initiatives to support legislative reform for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The review sheds light on common strengths and challenges in country offices’ experiences in the area of legislative reform.
  • Global perspective on consolidated children’s statutes - this study is inspired by General Comment 5 (2003) of the Committee of the Rights of the Child, which deals with matters relating to General Measures of Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Comment spells out among things the place of consolidated children’s statutes within the overall context of legislative reforms. The study's objective is to examine the extent to which consolidated statutes have featured in the law reform efforts of States parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Convention or CRC).
  • The global status of legislative reform related to the Convention on the Rights of the Child - this paper provides an overview of domestic legislative reform initiatives since the Convention came into force in 1990: why reform is initiated, how State Parties have dealt with the reform process, the establishment of national institutions to safeguard rights, the role of the courts and the impact of children’s rights on policy and budgets.
  • Influencing budget for children's rights – this paper to highlights ways in which various actors have attempted to analyze, devise, and advocate for socially equitable and gender- and child-sensitive budgets. The document provides examples of “budget initiatives”: efforts aimed at influencing budgets for children’s rights through actions such as improving budget transparency; creating public awareness; building capacity for analysis and advocacy; analysing budget content and effectiveness; and holding governments accountable for policy decisions.



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