Publisher description for The best interests of the child : reconciling culture and human rights / edited by Philip Alston.


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The 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the world's most widely ratified international human rights treaty. It thus provides an ideal context in which to examine the relationship between different cultural values and the interntional community's oft-stated aspiration
to achieve universal human rights standards. This volume focuses upon a widely accepted family law principle according to which "the best interests of the child" shall be "a primary consideration...in all actions concerning children." Through a combination of broad theoretical analyses and
country-specific case studies the distinguished contributors demonstrate that cultural values are inevitably a major factor in the interpretation and application of many human rights norms. This work will be of great interest to scholars and students of international law and human rights, especially
the rights of children.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Children -- Legal status, laws, etc.
International relations and culture.
Human rights.