Convention on the Rights of the Child: From Moral Imperatives to Legal Obligations. In Search of effective remedies for child rights violations

Summary: The aim of this report is to highlight key observations, conclusions and conversations resulting from the international conference Convention on the Rights of the Child: From Moral Imperatives to Legal Obligations – In search of effective remedies for child rights violations which took place in Geneva, 12-13 November 2009.

The conference attracted more than 120 participants from more than 60 countries,
with diverse professional backgrounds, experience and expertise. The format of the
conference saw participants divided, according to their regional affiliations, into African,
American, European and Asian working groups where they discussed specific topics
related to child rights litigation. Between these sessions, all participants came together
to hear presentations from a range of speakers.

It was a delight to bear witness to meaningful discussions between committed activists
and advocates from all corners of the world, and there was much to share during the
conference. Our hope now is that the momentum launched by the event will carry far
beyond the mere publication of a conference report. As a first step, we hope that you
will sign up for, and contribute to, the new CRINMAIL dedicated to child rights litigation.
Please also visit crIn’s new “CRC in court” section of the website, where you will be
able to find crc jurisprudence in international and national courts from around the

This report, presentations made during the conference, and the conference pack are
available in a CD-rom, which you can find in the pocket on the third cover, as well as
online at
We hope you enjoy the reading!

Roberta Cecchetti
International Save the Children Alliance
On behalf of the conference organisers

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