1st Edition

Routledge International Handbook of Children’s Rights Studies

    452 Pages
    by Routledge

    452 Pages
    by Routledge

    Since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) children’s rights have assumed a central position in a wide variety of disciplines and policies.

    This handbook offers an engaging overview of the contemporary research landscape for those people in the theory and practice of children’s rights. The volume offers a multidisciplinary approach to children’s rights, as well as key thematic issues in children’s rights at the intersection of global and local concerns. The main approaches and topics within the volume are:

    • Law, social work, and the sociology of childhood and anthropology

    • Geography, childhood studies, gender studies and citizenship studies

    • Participation, education and health

    • Juvenile justice and alternative care

    • Violence against children and female genital mutilation

    • Child labour, working children and child poverty

    • Migration, indigenous children and resource exploitation


    The specially commissioned chapters have been written by renowned scholars and researchers and come together to provide a critical and invaluable guide to the challenges and dilemmas currently facing children’s rights.

    1. Introduction: A critical approach to children’s rights, Didier Reynaert, Ellen Desmet, Sara Lembrechts and Wouter Vandenhole  Part 1. Disciplinary perspectives  2. Children’s rights from a legal perspective: Children’s rights law, Wouter Vandenhole  3. The Convention on the Rights of the Child: Reflections from a historical, social policy and educational perspective, Eugeen Verhellen  4. Children’s rights and childhood studies: From living apart together to a happy marriage, Bruno Vanobbergen  5. Children’s rights and the sociology of childhood, Berry Mayall  6. Children’s rights from a social work perspective: Towards a lifeworld orientation, Didier Reynaert and Rudi Roose  7. Children’s rights from an anthropological perspective: Critiques, resistances and powers, Geraldine André  8. Children’s rights from a critical geographic perspective, Stuart Aitken  9. Children’s rights and gender studies: Gender, intersectionality and the ethics of care, Katrien De Graeve  10. Children’s rights and citizenship studies: Re-theorising child citizenship through transdisciplinarity from the local to the global, Richard Mitchell  Part 2. Selected themes at the intersection of the global and the local  11. Children and young people’s participation, Kay Tisdall  12. Education and children’s rights, Ann Quennerstedt  13. Health and children’s rights, Ursulla Kilkelly   14. Juvenile justice from a children’s rights perspective, Ton Liefaard  15. The human rights of children in the context of formal alternative care, Nigel Cantwell   16. Violence against children, Gertrud Lenzer  17. Female genital mutilation in Europe from a children’s rights perspective, Els Leye and Annemarie Middelburg  18. Child labour, working children and children’s rights, Karl Hanson, Diana Volonakis and Mohammed Al-Rozzi  19. The human rights of children in the context of international migration, Pablo Ceriani Cernadas  20. Child poverty in the context of global social development, Francine Mestrum  21. Indigenous children’s rights: Opportunities in appropriation and transformation, Natasha Blanchet-Cohen  22. Natural resource exploitation and children’s rights, Ellen Desmet and José Aylwin  23. Conclusions: Towards a field of critical children’s rights studies, Ellen Desmet, Sara Lembrechts, Didier Reynaert and Wouter Vandenhole.


    Wouter Vandenhole holds the UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights – a joint venture of the University of Antwerp and UNICEF Belgium – at the Faculty of Law of the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He is the spokesperson of the Law and Development Research Group and chairs the European Research Networking Programme GLOTHRO. He has published widely on economic, social and cultural rights, children’s rights and transnational human rights obligations and is a founding member of the Flemish Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre and co-convener of the international interdisciplinary course on children’s rights.

    Ellen Desmet is a post-doctoral fellow at the Law and Development Research Group of the University of Antwerp and the Human Rights Centre of Ghent University (Belgium). Before, she was a research and policy staff member at the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre, and taught anthropology of law at the University of Leuven.

    Didier Reynaert is a lecturer in social work at the Faculty of Education Health and Social work of the University College Ghent, he is involved in several research projects in the field of child and youth policy and children’s rights. He is member of the board of the Flemish Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre. Previously, he worked for the Flemish Children’s Rights Coalition, the Child Legal Centre and as a civil servant at the Ministry of the Flemish Community on youth protection.

    Sara Lembrechts is fulltime staff member at the Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre (KeKi), where she is responsible for the collection and dissemination of children’s rights research, as well as for policy advice to the Flemish government.