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Implementing Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Best Interests, Welfare and Well-Being

Edited by: Elaine E. Sutherland, Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane

ISBN13: 9781107158252
To be Published: December 2016
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £79.99



The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is acknowledged as a landmark in the development of children's rights. Article 3 makes the child's best interests a primary consideration in all actions concerning children, and requires States Parties to ensure their care and protection.

This volume, written by experts in children's rights from a range of jurisdictions, explores the implementation of Article 3 around the world. It opens with a contextual analysis of Article 3, before offering a critique of its implementation in various settings, including parenting, religion, domestic violence and baby switching. Amongst the themes that emerge are the challenges posed by the content of 'best interests', 'welfare' and 'well-being'; the priority to be accorded them; and the legal, socio-economic and other obstacles to legislating for children's rights. This book is essential for all readers who interact with one of the Convention's most fundamental principles.

Subjects:
Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Contents:
Notes on contributors
Preface
Introduction Elaine E. Sutherland and Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane

Part I. Best Interests, Welfare and Well-being: A Contextual Overview:
1. Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: the challenges of vagueness and priorities Elaine E. Sutherland
2. The best interests of the child: a gateway to children's rights? Ursula Kilkelly
3. Conflict between human rights and best interests of children: myth or reality? Janys M. Scott
4. Final appeal courts and Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: what do the best interests of the particular child have to do with it? Mark Henaghan

Part II. Confronting the challenges of article 3:
5. Two dimensions of the best interests principle: decisions about children and decisions affecting children John Eekelaar
6. A developmental equality model for the best interests of children Nancy E. Dowd
7. A long lesson in humility? The inability of childcare law to promote the well-being of children Alison Cleland

Part III. Best Interests and Bestowing Parentage:
8. Serving best interests in 'known biological father disputes' in the United Kingdom Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane
9. Surrogacy in the United Kingdom: an inappropriate application of the welfare principle Kenneth McK. Norrie
10. Baby switching: what is best for the baby? Trynie Boezaart
11. Primacy, paramountcy and adoption in England and Scotland Brian Sloan
12. Article 3 and adoption in and from India and Nepal Richard Whitecross

Part IV. Parenting Disputes and the Best Interests of the Child:
13. Canada's controversy over best interests and post-separation parenting Nicholas Bala
14. In harm's way: the evolving role of domestic violence in the best interests analysis D. Kelly Weisberg
15. The best interests of the child when there is conflict about contact Linda D. Elrod
16. Relocation disputes following parental separation: determining the best interests of the child Nicola Taylor

Part V. Best Interests and State Intervention:
17. Making best interests significant for children who offend: a Scottish perspective Claire McDiarmid
18. The child's best interests and religion: the Holy See's best interests obligations and clerical child sexual abuse Ioana Cismas
19. 'Best interests' in care proceedings: law, policy and practice Judy Cashmore
20. Judicial discretion and the child's best interests: the European Court of Human Rights on adoptions in child protection cases Marit Skivines and Karl Harald Sovig

Appendix 1. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Appendix 2. The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, General Comment No.
14 on the right of the child to have his or her best interests taken as a primary consideration (art 3, para 1), CRC/C/GC/14 (2013)
Index.