“Hopman's book is a significant and timely contribution to the study of children’s rights and a relevant reading for those interested in children’s conceptualisations and understandings of rights, children’s experiences of rights in their everyday lives and research methodologies to examine these issues.”
-- Gabriela Martinez Sainz, The International Journal of Children's Rights, 2022
Since the adoption of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, all children in the world have rights that are protected by states – at least in theory. In practice, children’s rights are grossly violated on a daily basis and on a global scale. Studies in children’s rights struggle to find why this is the case, and what can be possibly done to change this situation.
This publication proposes that a better understanding of children’s rights violations may be achieved if looking at law from a child’s perspective. This means that a researcher has to go beyond the analysis of international conventions and national law, to include what is perceived as law by children. This book presents a new theoretical framework and methodology for finding law for children, combining legal pluralism, law and sociology, philosophy of law and legal empirical research. This framework is then put to the test in three case studies, all which include empirical research data. The book explores the possible legal orders that arise when looking at law through children’s eyes, such as the household and the classroom. These legal orders, that we find when looking at law through children’s eyes, have to be recognized as part of a complete picture of law influencing the protection and/or violation of children’s rights.
The Human Rights Research Series’ central research theme is the nature and meaning of international standards in the field of human rights, their application and promotion in the national legal order, their interplay with national standards, and the international supervision of such application. Anyone directly involved in the definition, study, implementation, monitoring, or enforcement of human rights will find this series an indispensable reference tool.
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Editorial Board: Prof. dr. Antoine Buyse (Utrecht University), Prof. dr. Fons Coomans (Maastricht University), Prof. dr. Yvonne Donders (Chair - University of Amsterdam), Dr. Antenor Hallo de Wolf (University of Groningen), Prof. dr. Kristin Henrard (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Prof. dr. Nicola Jägers (Tilburg University), Prof. Titia Loenen (Leiden University) Prof. dr. Janne Nijman (T.M.C. Asser Instituut) and Prof. dr. Brigit Toebes (University of Groningen).
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