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Children’s Rights Law in the Global Human Rights Landscape: Isolation, Inspiration, Integration?

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Edited by: Eva Brems, Wouter Vandenhole, Ellen Desmet

ISBN13: 9781138639010
To be Published: May 2017
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £105.00

Children’s rights law is often studied and perceived in isolation from the broader field of human rights law. This volume explores to the inter-relationship between children’s rights law and more general human rights law in order to see whether elements from each could successfully inform the other. Children’s rights law has a number of distinctive characteristics, such as the emphasis on the ‘best interests of the child’, the use of general principles, and the inclusion of ‘third parties’ (e.g. parents and other care-takers) in treaty provisions.

The first part of this book questions whether these features could be a source of inspiration for general human rights law. In part two, the reverse question is asked: could children’s rights law draw inspiration from developments in other branches of human rights law that focus on other specific categories of rights holders, such as women, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, or older persons? Finally, the interaction between children’s rights law and human rights law – and the potential for their isolation, inspiration or integration – may be coloured or determined by the thematic issue under consideration. Therefore the third part of the book studies the interplay between children’s rights law and human rights law in the context of specific topics: intra-family relations, LGBTQI marginalization, migration, media, the environment and transnational human rights obligations.

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Human Rights and Civil Liberties
1. Introduction: Children’s rights law and human rights law: isolation, inspiration, integration?, Eva Brems, Wouter Vandenhole and Ellen Desmet

Part 1:The broader relevance of features of children’s rights law
2. Distinctive characteristics of children’s human rights law, Wouter Vandenhole
3. The value of the four general principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in other areas of international human rights law, Laura Lundy
4. The broader relevance of features of children’s rights law: The ‘best interests of the child’ principle, Helen Stalford
5. Parents as rights holders in the CRC, Karl Hanson, Roberta Ruggiero & Diana Volonakis

Part 2: Inspiration for children’s human rights from categorical human rights
6.Inspiration for children’s human rights from women’s rights, Eva Brems
7. Inspiration for children’s human rights from disability rights, Ralph Sandland
8. Inspiration for children’s human rights from indigenous peoples’ rights, Ellen Desmet
9. Inspiration for children’s human rights from the rights of older persons, Paul De Hert
Part 3: The interplay between children’s rights law and human rights law in thematic areas
10. Some reflections on an integrated approach to intra-family relations under the CRC and CEDAW, Titia Loenen
11. Children’s human rights and LGBTQI marginalization, Ivana Isailovic
12. Nuanced vulnerability: An inspirational concept for undocumented migrants, Julie Ryngaert and Wouter Vandenhole
13. Children as media users, subjects and actors: a jigsaw of participation and protection, Eva Lievens
14. Children’s rights, human rights and the environment, Danielle Van Kalmthout
15. Operationalizing the broader framework on business and human rights: What role for children’s rights?, Gamze Erdem Türkelli