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The Right of the Child to Play
From Conception to Implementation

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ISBN 9781032394220
May 19, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This book provides a vital and original investigation into, and critique of, the situation facing the realisation of the child’s right to play. The right to play has been referred to as a forgotten right – forgotten by States implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, by the Committee on the Rights of the Child in monitoring and providing guidance on the Convention, and by human rights academics. Through multidisciplinary, original archival, novel doctrinal and primary empirical research, the work provides a thorough investigation of the right to play. It offers an innovative insight into its value, the challenges facing the realisation of the right, its raison d’être and its scope, content and obligations. It also critiques the Committee’s engagement with the right to play and shares lived experiences of efforts to support its implementation in the United Kingdom and Tanzania. The book highlights elements of best practice, challenges and weaknesses, and makes recommendations for its continued and improved realisation. The book will be a valuable resource for researchers, academics, advocates and policy-makers working in the areas of Children’s Rights, International Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Child Welfare and Education.

Table of Contents

Foreword;  Acknowledgements;  1. Introduction;  2. The Importance of Play;  3. Challenges to be Overcome in Realising the Right to Play;  4. The Legal History of the Right to Play;  5. The Scope and Content of the Right to Play;  6. A Multiple-Case Study of the United Kingdom and Tanzania;  7. Conclusion;  Bibliography;  Index

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Naomi Lott is an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Faculty of Law, and Early Career Fellow of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford.


'This book brings to life a human right which is often overlooked or ridiculed. The author does this through great depth of research and analysis, which is evidence-based and persuasive, as well as it being engagingly written.'

Professor Robert McCorquodale, Emeritus Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Nottingham and Member of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

'In this book, Lott crafts a much-needed detailed critical analysis of the scope and content of the right to play, its legal history and the challenges faced and those still to overcome in realising children’s right to play.’

Ben Tawil, Director, Ludicology