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UN system for mobilisation

©Sophia Evans/ NB Pictures/ ActionAid
©Sophia Evans/ NB Pictures/ ActionAid
International decisions can serve important educative and interpretative purposes and be used as effective lobbying tools. If there is a lacuna or a gap in a law, the relevant international legal principle may be utilised to correct the legal uncertainty. Secondly, where there is a legal presumption that laws should be interpreted as far as possible to make them consistent with international human rights, international human rights law provisions may be employed in interpreting domestic standards. Lastly, in those jurisdictions that contain ‘evolutionary’ customary and common laws, the development of law should be in a direction consistent with human rights standards, including those of ESC (Economic, Social and Cultural) rights.

The laws that relate to the right to education vary from country to country. This is because countries have ratified different combinations of international treaties and because each has its own constitution and education laws.

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Taking your case to the treaty bodies and committees

Complaints to the UN and international bodies

    CMW International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and members of their Families  

    CEDAW Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

    CRC Convention on the Rights of the Child

    ICESCR International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

    ICCPR International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

    CRPD Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    CERD International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination

    ILO International Labour Organisation Conventions

Universal Periodic Review

Shadow reports

Special Rapporteurs

Commission on the Status of Women