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Child Labour: A Public Health Perspective$
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Anaclaudia Gastal Fassa, David L. Parker, and Thomas J. Scanlon

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199558582

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558582.001.0001

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International law and child labour

International law and child labour

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(p.79) Chapter 7 International law and child labour
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Child Labour: A Public Health Perspective
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David Weissbrodt

Natalie W. Kohner

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558582.003.0007

This chapter discusses the international legislation enacted with the purpose of regulating and modifying children's work, and considers the impact of this legislation including how States are held to account. The scope of international legislation addressing child labour is wide ranging. In recent years, the focus has moved from prohibition and minimum age requirements to the elimination of the worst forms of child labour and the identification of hazardous child labour. This statement is tempered with a proviso that age is in fact considered a key feature in the identification of hazardous child work. So age has come to be accepted as an important consideration, although individual countries may identify specific key ages.

Keywords:   child labour policies, international legislation, United Nations treaties, International Labour Organization conventions, human rights

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