The International Labor Organization estimated in 2000 that, of the approximately 246 million children engaged in labor worldwide, 171 million were working in situations harmful to their physical development. Child Labor and Human Rights provides a comprehensive overview of the phenomenon of child labor from a human rights perspective. The authors consider the connections between human rights and abusive child labor, the pros and cons of a rights-based approach to the problem, and specific strategies for effecting change. They make an indispensable contribution to the growing effort to abolish abusive and exploitive child labor practices.
Burns H. Weston is Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and founding director of the Center for Human Rights at the University of Iowa. His numerous books in the field of human rights include Human Rights in the World Community: Issues and Action and The Future of International Human Rights; he is also coeditor of the award-winning International Law and World Order: A Problem-Oriented Coursebook.