Research reports

Conscription by poverty? New report on deprivation and army recruitment in the UK (2019)

The British army is intentionally targeting young people from deprived backgrounds for the roles carrying the greatest risks in war. This new report examines the targeting of these children and the effects of this practice on the 16 and 17 year-olds who are recruited. 

Realising rights? The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Court (2018)

This report examines how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has been used around the world to challenge abuses of children’s rights, but also where it has been misunderstood and misapplied by national courts.

Caught in the Crossfire? An international survey of anti-terrorism legislation and its impact on children (2018)

As terrorism has proliferated in the last 20 years, so have States’ counter-terrorism strategies and the legislation that underpins them, which has introduced new surveillance measures, restrictions on behaviour, powers of detention, and hundreds of new offences carrying heavy sentences. This paper explores anti-terrorism legislation in 33 countries across five continents.

A children’s rights approach to assisted reproduction (2017)

States have yet to settle the complex ethical questions involved in assisted reproduction and have tended towards a singular focus on the rights of adults to found a family, overlooking the rights of children. This research explores three groups of ARTs: prenatal screening for genetic health, third-party reproduction and cryopreservation.

Accessing justice for violations of children’s rights in care institutions (2017)

CRIN has produced a report to enable advocates to access the legal and practical tools needed to end violations suffered while in institutional care and to provide survivors with information on avenues of redress. The report provides a global overview of methods of redress, examines how one can bring a case domestically, and examines how to get justice at the regional and international level.

Rights, Remedies and Representation: A global report on access to justice for children (2016)

Our research shows how the legal systems of 197 countries empower children to realise their rights, or perpetuate the rights violations that they should combat. This report demonstrates how national legal systems can be used to challenge violations of children’s rights and the how children can use the law to assert their own rights.

Discrimination and disenfranchisement: A global report on status offences (2016)

CRIN published a global report on status offences in 2009, looking at the ways that laws on curfew violations, disobedience, begging, truancy and suspected gang membership affected children around the world. This report addresses the ways that status offences have developed, the new forms they have taken and the way that laws that do not exclusively target children can indirectly criminalise children based on their age.

Inhuman sentencing: Life imprisonment of children around the world (2015)

In 2015, 73 States around the world allowed people to be sentenced to life imprisonment for offences committed while under the age of 18; a further 49 States permitted sentences of 15 years or longer and 90 for 10 years or longer. This report highlights the prevalence and plurality of laws permitting life imprisonment for children.

Children's rights and the UN - an analysis (2015)

CRIN’s analysis of children’s rights in the work of all of the UN’s human rights mechanisms looks at the most frequently raised violations as well as those that are rarely — if ever — addressed.

Child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church (2014)

CRIN has mapped the scale of child sexual abuse committed by Catholic clergy, explored evidence of cover up attempts by the Vatican and Church authorities, and provided an overview of litigation brought by victims seeking remedies for gross violations of their rights.

CRC in Court Report (2012)

This report looks at how the CRC has been used in courts around the world, analysing case law researched between 2009 and 2012. Further cases have since been added to the CRC in Court database and are not covered by this report.

Status of children's rights in the UPR (2010)

This research examines how well the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has been used to advance children’s rights, and in particular, to what extent civil society has used the UPR to advance children’s rights. It also includes NGO experiences of using the UPR and some of the lessons they have learned.