Children, Rights, and the Law


In November 1989 the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, heralding the arrival of a new era in the development of children's rights. Using the Convention as a framework, this volume re-evaluates the advantages and disadvantages of approaching issues of children's welfare and well-being through the lens of a "rights" approach. The authors take a fresh look at these issues, with specific reference to an international treaty that is certain to be ratified by a very large number of countries in every region of the world and which will soon be legally binding in many states. The contributors are Tom Campbell, Onora O'Neill, Michael Freeman, Ngaire Naffine, Margaret Coady, Tony Coady, Sheila McLean, Frances Olsen, and John Eekelaar.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Onora O'Neill
  • C. A. J. Coady
  • Michael D. A. Freeman
  • Catherine Lowy
  • Ngaire Naffine
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Oxford
Publication year:
  • 1992


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