Child marriage and the law


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.


Rangita de Silva-de-Alwis



Contact Details

Senior Advisor on International Programs, Wellesley Centers for Women

Year Of Publication