The Best Interests of the Child: Reconciling culture and human rights

Innocenti Publications

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  • Author(s)
    • Alston, Philip;
  • Publisher
    • Oxford University Press, UK; UNICEF ICDC, Florence
  • Date of Publication
    • 1994
  • Pages
    • 298
  • ISBN
    • 0-19-825926-3
  • IRC Stock Number
    • 109U
  • Publication Cost
    • free
  • Language
    • English


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 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.

Thematic area

Convention on the Rights of the Child   /  Rights of the Child   / 


best interests of the child   /  children's rights   /  implementation of the crc   /