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Hastings International and Comparative Law Review

Abstract

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) provides a comprehensive list of children's rights. While 139 countries have signed the UNCRC, signalling their intent to ratify, the United States has not yet done so. This Note examines the question of whether ratification of the UNCRC would help U.S. children. After exploring the plight of children in the United States and the potential uses of the UNCRC in U.S. courts, the Note concludes that ratification would benefit American children whose rights are litigated in U.S. courts.

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