Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award


Document Type



International Relations


Child Marriage, traditional practices, child marriage


"Child marriage is a harmful traditional practice that affects approximately 60 million children around the globe. This thesis examines the different laws that protect children from this practice and analyzes its implementation in countries where traditional practices violate children’s rights. International provisions, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, charges state parties with the responsibility to protect their children. Each state has the capacity to transcend traditional practices and implement local laws that protect their children. This thesis claims that mobilization of advocacy groups is vital in promoting the well-being of children even when the norms established by social groups appear to be unchangeable. It begins with an overview of what child marriage is and how it should be a concern to the international community. The case studies considered for this thesis is Niger, Yemen and Thailand."


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