Protection from Child Marriage
The WORLD Policy Analysis Center analyzed the following sources to establish the minimum age at which a girl or boy can be married with no restrictions in each country as of January 1st, 2019:
If information from the abovementioned sources was not available, the following sources were reviewed:
In some cases, hard copies and electronic copies of legislation were obtained from libraries such as the Swiss Institute for Comparative Law, the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Law Library, the Harvard Law School Library, and the Northwestern University Library.
The database captures national-level legislation. In countries where minimum age of marriage laws are set at the state or provincial level, we coded based on the state or province with the lowest minimum age provisions.
For details on the variables included in this category, please see WORLD global maps on Child Marriage.
For more information about WORLD’s approach to building globally comparative databases on policies affecting human health, development, well-being, and equity, please visit our Methodology page.