Child marriage and the law


  
Abstract

This paper analyses the different legal frameworks and human rights dimensions of child marriage. The main thrust of this paper is that early marriage is a violation of fundamental human rights and that both state and non- state actors must be held accountable under international treaty obligations to combat early child marriage. This paper looks at the legal system as a whole and proposes a set of holistic legal and policy reform. By reviewing the landscape of laws that impact on women and children, we are able to come up with a broader range of policy alternatives and a more sophisticated understanding of how the multiple strands of law and innovative legal strategies can converge to prevent child marriage.

Source
http://www.unicef.org/policyanalysis/files/Child_Marriage_and_the_Law%281%29.pdf
Author

Rangita de Silva-de-Alwis

Country

GLOBAL

Contact Details

Senior Advisor on International Programs, Wellesley Centers for Women

Year Of Publication

2008