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ISS has produced numerous publications on various issues relating to child and family protection. These documents provide up-dated information on legislation, practices and challenges relating to this subject including a critical analysis and relevant commentary. The publications are the result of comprehensive research relying on various sources of literature and resources. Numerous experts from the ISS/IRC network have also been consulted and their input represents a significant added value to the works. Documents that can be accessed for free may be downloaded directly and the documents for sale may be ordered.

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Intercountry Adoption: An evolution between ethics and market, Hervé Boéchat, Director of ISS / IRC, 2006, 82 pages. Available in French and German.

In recent years intercountry adoption has been through a crisis characterized by a number of prospective parents for adoption well beyond the possibilities of adoption worldwide. By analyzing the historical, social and political factors behind this situation, and relying on contemporary international texts, the author proposes a new reading of international adoption and gives some clues as to its possible evolution.

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Article 21: Adoption - A Commentary on the United nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Sylvain Vité and Hervé Boéchat, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Leiden, 2008.

This volume constitutes a commentary on Article 21 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is part of the series, A Commentary on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which provides an article by article analysis of all substantive, organizational and procedural provisions of the CRC and its two Optional Protocols. For every article, a comparison with related human rights provisions is made, followed by an in-depth exploration of the nature and scope of State obligations deriving from that article. The series constitutes an essential tool for actors in the field of children's rights, including academics, students, judges, grassroots workers, governmental, non-governmental and international officers. The series is sponsored by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office.

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