Children who use Drugs: The Need for More Clarity on State Obligations in International Law


Drug use among children has two systems of international law that may be brought to bear to ensure that States take measures to protect children from drug related harms. Neither, however, appears to have been adequately applied to the issue. This commentary raises a number of questions related specifically to the UN drug conventions and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Broadly – how ‘up to date’ are the UN drug control conventions in the 21st century, and in the light of drug use among children? How does the CRC (coming from the different tradition of international human rights conventions) fit in? What does the CRC add, including via its various other interconnected provisions? Finally, what is the relationship between these two branches of international law?


Barrett, Damon and Philip E.Veerman, 'Children Who Use Drugs: The Need for More Clarity on State Obligations in International' (2010) 1 International Journal on Human Rights and Drug Policy, 63.


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