What is it about?

International law highlights how important the rights of children are in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This includes the rights of children who come before the courts whether as victims or offenders. Judges play a key role in ensuring that the rights of these children are protected and taken into account. This is not always done either in the U.K. or elsewhere. This article considers the issues raised by court cases in part of the developing world, specifically Pacific island countries.

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Why is it important?

Where countries agree to be bound by international standards and obligations it is important that they do so effectively. This article looks at the actual practice of judges dealing with children in the courts.


The legal systems of the Pacific island countries share many features of the English legal system due to colonialism. Children make up a high proportion of Pacific island populations but are not always adequately considered as individuals having their own set of human rights. Moreover developments in this part of the developing world are often ignores or overlooked. This article seeks to address this oversight.

Sue Farran

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This page is a summary of: Exploring the Engagement of Pacific Island Judges with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, The International Journal of Children s Rights, November 2021, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/15718182-30010001.
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