About

Minju Kwon is a Ph.D. student in Political Science and a Doctoral Student Affiliate at the Kellogg Institute of International Studies. She specializes in international relations, comparative politics, and gender studies, with a particular focus on international human rights institutions. Her dissertation topic is state and non-state actors’ compliance with international laws on child rights. The first chapter analyzes under what circumstances non-state armed groups commit to UN action plans banning their violations of child rights. The second chapter examines the causal factors that facilitate states’ domestic implementations of international laws on child pornography. For the third chapter, she plans to investigate domestic regulations of female children’s rights with a particular focus on early marriage. Prior to her arrival at Notre Dame, she received her B.A. in Political Science and M.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University in South Korea.

Thematic Interests

I specialize in international relations, comparative politics, and gender studies, focusing on international human rights institutions. My dissertation analyzes the factors that influence the variations in state and non-state actors’ commitment to international human rights and humanitarian laws on children. The overarching research question is: why do some state and non-state actors commit to international child rights laws whereas others do not? To answer the question, I investigate three key topics in children’s rights with a particular focus on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols. The first topic is rebel groups’ signing of UN action plans that regulate their violation of child rights in armed conflicts. The second topic is states’ domestic implementation of international laws on child pornography. The third topic is states’ regulations of early marriage.

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