What is UNCRC incorporation?

Incorporation of an international law like the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) means it gets written into a country’s law at a national level— a level known as domestic law.

When an international law is incorporated into Scots law, it has more power to bring about change.

Often, this happens through cultural change, but this is underpinned by the fact the law would have legal force in Scottish courts.

That means that if the Scottish Government doesn’t meet its international human rights obligations to a child or young person, they can be taken to court in Scotland.

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