International Conventions and Laws

In addition to state and federal laws, there are times when international law may come into play in juvenile court.  On May 3, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. EST, Spotlight on Youth will produce a radio show on the international conventions on children, including human rights and the involvement of juvenile justice systems.  The guests will be Elizabeth “Betsy” Clarke, President, Juvenile Justice Initiative, and Deborah LaBelle, Director, Juvenile Life Without Parole Initiative of Michigan.  Guests will discuss juvenile justice as a human rights issue and highlight differences between the United States treatment of youth as compared to other countries.  Guests will share considerations for those representing youth and working in the juvenile justice system to frame their approach and advocacy.

To listen to the show, go here.  To call in with questions for the host, call 347-994-1149, and push number 1, during the show.

Text of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) is available here.  The United States and Somalia are the only member countries of the United Nations who have not ratified the original 1989 Convention.

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