An Introduction to Law and Human Rights for Young People in the Commonwealth

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An Introduction to Law and Human Rights for Young People in the Commonwealth

Contributors: John Hatchard
Publication date: 1 January 2003
Size: 210mm x 148mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-724-5
Pages: 94

This title provides an overview of some of the key legal issues that affect youth in Commonwealth countries. The issues covered fall, directly or indirectly, within the scope of the Harare Commonwealth Declaration of 1991.

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Chapter 1: Constitutions
Why a Constitution?
Who Makes a Constitution?
Learning About Your Constitution
Protecting Your Constitution
Preventing the Weakening of Your Constitution

Chapter 2: Law, Society and Legal Systems
Meaning of “Law”
Limits of the Law
Classification of Law and Legal Systems
The Commonwealth Legal Heritage

Chapter 3: Governance
Taking Part in the Political Process
Structure of the State
Commonwealth Observer Group on the Presidential and National Assembly Elections in Zambia

Chapter 4: Enforcing/Protecting Rights
International Human Rights
The International Bill of Rights
Rights of Children and Youth
Rights of Women
Tackling Racial Discrimination
Group Rights
Administration of Justice
Rights of Workers
Right to Development
Humanitarian Law
Dealing with Serious Human Rights Abuses
Constitutional Rights
Enforcing Rights through the Courts
Developing Constitutional Rights
Right to Life
Offices of the Ombudsman and Human Rights Commissions
The Impact of Emergency Powers on Constitutional Rights

Chapter 5: Making Your Views Known and Obtaining Access to Information
Freedom of Expression and Assembly
Freedom of Information

Chapter 6: Youth and the Criminal Justice System
Young People and Crime
The Police and the Public
Rights of Youth in Trouble with the Law
The Sentence of the Court