Advancing the Rights of Young People in Juvenile Justice: The Impact of Juvenile Law Center
Volume 88, No. 4, Summer 2016
By Ursula Kilkelly, Professor, School of Law, University College Cork, Ireland [PDF]

The aim of this Article is to explore the work of Juvenile Law Center (JLC) in two ways. First, it presents an analysis of some of the important issues litigated by JLC in recent years, outlining the reforms achieved. The Article’s second aim is to examine JLC’s use of litigation, discuss the “how” of bringing about legal change and reform, and present a reflection on the wider impact of this strategic approach to public interest litigation. Overall, it is proposed that, although United States-based, the work of JLC is making a worldwide contribution by advancing an international rights-based strategy in youth justice.