International law and child labour: A Public Health Perspective

David Weissbrodt, Natalie W. Kohner

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChild Labour A Public Health Perspective
Subtitle of host publicationA Public Health Perspective
EditorsAnaclaudia G. Fassa, David L. Parker, Thomas J. Scanlon
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191594397
ISBN (Print)9780199558582
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010


  • Child labour policies
  • Human rights
  • International Labour Organization conventions
  • International legislation
  • United Nations treaties

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