Source: (1996) Creighton Law Review. 29: 1563.Roger Levesque begins this article by citing several cases from around the world that highlight challenges that face societal attempts to deal with complex problem behavior and youth offending. In light of continued failures in operating effective juvenile justice systems, international law offers guidance and appropriate policy responses. Several important and comparatively radical themes and principles have emerged to help deal with problem youth. Unfortunately, claims Levesque, these developments have been given little attention. Hence, he examines recently adopted international mandates pertaining to juvenile justice and the disjuncture between official juvenile justice policy and actual practice. His purpose is to move the theoretical legal world of the children’s rights movement closer to the reality of social practice.