Intense political, social and scientific efforts to improve the position of children are converging rapidly, centered on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is therefore reasonable to assume that there is broad consensus in the international community on how to take the position of children in society seriously. Despite the unique success of the Convention, the situation is such that it forces us, as a matter of urgency, to explore, develop and implement guarantees for effective monitoring of the implementation of the Convention's provisions. In the end, rights are only effective when implemented. This book, containing the contributions made and discussed at the European Conference on Monitoring Children's Rights (organized by Ghent University's Children's Rights Centre), wishes to discuss, in a wider scientific forum, the results of interdisciplinary research into monitoring. Several monitoring issues are tackled, with particular emphasis on the reporting system: what should be reported (the content of the reports) and who should report (the more formal and procedural aspects of reporting)? Apart from the suitable international monitoring mechanism, which also has national monitoring consequences, there is also the self-executing force of the Convention, making it directly enforceable in national courts. Ongoing and dynamic monitoring can be a powerful impetus for systematic progress. The debate on monitoring the Children's Rights Convention may in this way expand into an attractive and exemplary debate on human rights conventions in general. This book will therefore not only meet the requirements of all those working in the field of children's rights, but also provides appealing material for those involved in the field of monitoring human rights.
"Contributions made and discussed at the European Conference on Monitoring Children's Rights, December 1994"--Preface.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note
Foreword / Samir Sanad Basta Monitoring Children's Rights / Eugeen Verhellen Establishing Accountability: Some Current Challenges in Relation to Human Rights Monitoring / Philip Alston Monitoring Childhood: Its Social, Economic and Political Features / Jens Qvortrup Monitoring Children's Rights and Monitoring Childhood: Different Tasks? / Ferran Casas Children's Participation and Monitoring Children's Rights / Malfrid Grude Flekkoy Monitoring: Back to Basic Questions / Nigel Cantwell Monitoring Human Rights: Formal and Procedural Aspects / Johan Vande Lanotte and Geert Goedertier Monitoring Children's Rights: Cutting Through the Confusion and Planning for Effective Action / James R. Himes Monitoring Children's Rights: A View from Within / Marta Santos Pais Recourse Procedures Against the Violation of Children's Rights in European Countries / Pascale Boucaud.
K639.A6 M66 1996
The Hague ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff,