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Children and International Law: Home

This research guide is designed to assist students writing a paper for the seminar on Children and International Law.

Sources of international law

Treaties and conventions  --  International customary law  --  General principles of law recognized by civilized nations --  Judicial decisions and writings of publicists

International Agreements

International Organizations & Institutions

United Nations

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights - maintains database of human rights treaties and treaty body jurisprudence


International Criminal Court

International Court of Justice

International Labour Organisation on child labor

  • Natlex database ILO's collection of national labor, employment and human rights laws

International Committee of the Red Cross - children as protected persons in war

Hague Conference on Private International Law

African Child Rights Database - Provided by the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, this database is a collection of judgments from domestic courts in various African countries on cases related to the rights and welfare of children.

Child Soldiers International - NGO

Humanium - NGO

International Center for Transitional Justice: Children & Youth Program - NGO

Child Rights Connect - NGO, includes list of related NGOs

International Justice Resource Center: Children's Rights Research Guide - lists major relevant treaties, enforcement bodies, and a subject listing of important case law.

Library of Congress Research Guide on Children's Rights: International and National Law and Policy - 2007 report includes annotated list of international agreements and other documents as well as individual country reports for 16 countries.

General Resources on Scholarly Legal Writing

Books at the Law Library


Additional available items, including eBooks, can be found using our online catalog, GAVEL.

Try a subject search of "children (international law)" or a keyword search using terms specific to your paper topic.

Finding Articles

Expand your search for articles beyond Westlaw and Lexis with the resources in our Find Articles guide.

The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals may be especially helpful for this seminar.

To catch articles pre-publication, make sure to search the Legal Scholarship Network in SSRN.

Books in the Main Library

The Main Library, next door to the Law School, also collects relevant materials. Use their online catalog, GIL, to identify additional items.

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