Incorporation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child into Domestic Law – the Taiwan Experience

This paper provides an overview of Taiwan’s incorporation of the CRC, outlines the main areas of work undertaken by the Taiwan Government pursuant to the CRC Implementation Act, and offers examples of major themes in implementing the convention. The first few years of the CRC Implementation Act have been a starting point for systematic law reform and large-scale awareness-raising of children’s rights throughout Taiwanese society. Positive examples of how the CRC has been used to advance policymaking and legislative reforms within Taiwan are, most notably, the rise of a culture supporting the participation of young people in public affairs, and the recent amendment to the Juvenile Delinquency Act. However, the lack of independent monitoring and the use of the CRC in the courts are areas that continue to face challenges.