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The child’s voice in adoption proceedings: A European perspective

In: The International Journal of Children's Rights
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  • 1 College Teaching Officer and Director of Studies in Law, Lucy Cavendish College, University of Cambridge, ces74@cam.ac.uk
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The right of the child to be heard in adoption proceedings flows directly from the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by almost every country in the world. In this paper, the interpretation of this principle across European jurisdictions will be analysed, both in terms of children who are old enough to make a determinative decision concerning their future, and those who are younger yet still possess the right to be heard. The wide variety of practices in Europe highlight the lack of progress in this field of law, which is not assisted by the conservative jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

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