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Children’s Rights and the Minimum Age of Criminal Responsibility: A Global Perspective (eBook)

ISBN13: 9781317167587
Published: June 2009
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
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Children of almost any age can break the law, but at what age should children first face the possibility of criminal responsibility for their alleged crimes? This work is the first global analysis of national minimum ages of criminal responsibility (MACRs), the international legal obligations that surround them, and the principal considerations for establishing and implementing respective age limits.

Taking an international children's rights approach, with a rich theoretical framework and the vitality of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, this work maintains a critical perspective, such as in challenging the assumptions of many children's rights scholars and advocates.

Compiling the age limits and statutory sources for all countries, this book explains the broad historical origins behind most of them, identifying the recurring practical challenges that affect every country and providing the first comprehensive evidence that a general principle of international law requires all nations, regardless of their treaty ratifications, to establish respective minimum age limits.

Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, eBooks
Foreword, Nigel Cantwell and Jaap Doek
Shifting perspectives on children, shifting rights and criminal responsibility in juvenile justice
Children's rights: mediation of welfare-justice tensions
MACRs and states' obligations under regional and international law instruments
Historical influences on MACRs
Current MACRs worldwide and modern trends
Practical implications and challenges of MACR implementation
Making MACRs work for children's rights