Ages of legal importance: Implications in relation to birth registration and age assessment practices

Jayakumar Jayaraman*, Graham Roberts, Hai Ming Wong, Fraser McDonald, Nigel M. King

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Abstract

Assessment of age is a common procedure routinely conducted in many countries following birth date disputes, particularly following asylum claims and criminal offenses. UNICEF reports that only 65% of children in the world were registered, and the numbers of children who possess an authentic birth certificate were significantly lower than those registered. Legally important ages can be categorized into defined age ranges that vary among different countries. Recently, following an increase in the number of age-specific crimes, many countries have revised their legally important ages. This article is intended to report the most recent data on the ages of legal importance in the major countries of the world and implicate its relevance to birth registration and age assessment practices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-82
Number of pages6
JournalMedicine, Science and the Law
Volume56
Issue number1
Early online date21 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016

Keywords

  • age estimation
  • Birth registration
  • human identification
  • human rights
  • law

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