6 Using legal action and regional and international human rights mechanisms


Campaigning for law reform to prohibit corporal punishment: Using legal action and regional and international human rights mechanisms. Summary Briefing 6

Published by

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

Publication date

June 2009

Type of publication



English, Arabic

This briefing is part of a series of seven technical briefings on how to achieve legal reform to prohibit all corporal punishment of children, including in the home. The briefings summarise the steps needed to campaign successfully for governments to meet their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child to ensure children have the same protection from assault that adults have. Drawing on experiences of working with child rights advocates in global and regional workshops on law reform in 2008 and 2009, the briefings are intended to provide a reference point for planning and carrying out successful national campaigns.

In countries where governments are refusing to introduce law reform or are actively opposing it, international human rights law and national law can be used to “force” them to accept their obligations to realise children’s rights. This briefing describes how to use national legal systems and regional and international human rights mechanisms to this end.

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