Kate Orkin on “In the Child’s Best Interests? Legislation on Children’s Work in Ethiopia”

Kate Orkin, a doctoral candidate and Rhodes Scholar at the Department of International Development at Oxford University, spoke at Amherst College on Oct. 13, 2010. Orkin examines abolitionist vs. regulatory approaches to child work. Using case study research from rural Ethiopia, she finds that the current abolitionist approach is overly restrictive. Orkin argues for a regulatory approach, using the “least restrictive” alternative test applied in law.