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Children and International Human Rights Law

The Right of the Child to be Heard, 1st Edition

By Aisling Parkes


400 pages

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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 is one of the most highly ratified human rights treaties in the world, with 192 states currently signed up to it. Article Twelve is fundamental to the Convention and states that all children capable of forming views have the right to express those views, and recognises that all children have the right to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceedings affecting them.

This book explores the historical and theoretical background to Article Twelve, and examines the various models of participation which have been created to facilitate a better understanding of this provision. Aisling Parkes analyzes the extent to which Article Twelve has been implemented under international law, and in domestic law, as well as setting-out recommendations for the most effective ways of implementing Article Twelve in all areas of children’s lives.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Article 12 and child participation 2. The nature and scope of Article 12 of the CRC 3. Implementing Article 12 in practice 4. Child Pparticipation in family decision-making 5. The voice of the child in family law proceedings 6. Listening to children in school 7. Listening to children in conflict with the law 8. Children's voices in public decision making 9. National human rights institutions and Article 12 CRC 10. International enforcement of the CRC: Monitoring the the implementation of Article 12 11. Conclusion

About the Author

Aisling Parkes is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, University College Cork

About the Series

Routledge Research in Human Rights Law

This series contains thought-provoking and original scholarship on human rights law. The books address civil and political rights as well as social, cultural and economic rights, and explore international, regional and domestic legal orders. The legal status, content, obligations and application of specific rights will be analysed as well as treaties, mechanisms and institutions designed to promote and protect rights.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / General
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights