This book highlights the importance of law, policy and rights in improving children's lives, combining historical analysis and human rights law.
Prelude; Part I.
1. Are children human?;
2. Interlude - taking a deep breath; Part II. Even Lawyers Were Children Once:
3. The Convention on the Rights of the Child and its principles;
4. The Convention - norms and themes;
5. Enforcing children's rights;
6. Criticisms of the Convention;
7. Beyond the Convention;
8. Interlude - what we can learn from the sociology of childhood;
9. Childhoods and rights;
10. Regional children's rights;
11. Child friendly justice;
12. The world 25 years on: new issues and responses; Part III. A Magna Carta for Children:
13. Rethinking children's rights;
14. Alternatives to rights - or are they?;
15. A Magna Carta for children?;
16. Rethinking principles and concepts;
18. Coda - a child of our time.
Michael Freeman is Professor Emeritus of English Law at University College London Faculty of Laws. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Children's Rights, Editor of the International Journal of Law in Context, General Editor of International Library of Medicine, Ethics and Law and of the International Library of Family, Society and Law and former Editor of the Annual Survey of Family Law. He has published in the areas of Family Law; Child Law and Policy; Children's Rights; Medicine; Ethics and the Law and Medical Law; Jurisprudence and Legal Theory; and other areas of law and policy.