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About William Myers

William Myers is an expert in child protection issues. He is a former employee of and consultant to UNICEF and the International Labour Office. William has also advised various non-governmental organisations with regard to child labour and working and street children. His most recent book, co-edited with Michal Bourdillon, is Child Protection in Development.

Articles by William Myers

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Prohibir el trabajo infantil es una mala idea

El trabajo infantil no tiene por qué implicar explotación, y su prohibición se basa más en las concepciones que se tiene sobre la infancia en Occidente que en investigaciones. Las leyes deberían evitar la explotación infantil y no el trabajo de las niñas y niños. English

Bizarre bureaucratic dysfunction in child labour

The ILO, UNICEF, and the Committee on the Rights of the Child promote policies known to harm children. What will make them engage with their critics?

Prohibiting children from working is a bad idea

Child labour is not intrinsically exploitative, and its prohibition is based more in western conceptions of childhood than research. Laws should prevent the exploitation of children, not children’s work outright. English

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