This book arises out of a CRC Implementation Project colloquium on Article 5 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Article 5 protects the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents or others to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of his/her rights. In this interdisciplinary collection, leading international scholars address the interplay of parental guidance, state responsibility and child autonomy within a wide range of fields, from gender identity to criminal justice. The chapters provide fascinating insights into the vital but enigmatic role of Article 5.
Claire Fenton-Glynn, PhD (2013) University of Cambridge, is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. She has published widely on children's rights, focusing in particular on parenthood, surrogacy and adoption. Her work has been cited with approval by the Supreme Court, Law Commission of England and Wales, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children.
Brian Sloan, PhD (2011), University of Cambridge, is a Fellow in Law at Robinson College, Cambridge. He has published widely on family and child law, and his work on adoption law was cited with approval by the UK Supreme Court.
"This is an extremely valuable collection that exposes the broad array of issues encompassed by Article 5. (...) The value of this volume, I would argue, is in providing theoretical and exemplar analysis that is critical even for the US in the absence of the CRC. This volume delivers a rich framework to assess children’s rights and to reorient the scope of parental rights, as well as suggesting further work to elaborate this critical article of the CRC."
Nancy E. Dowd, UF Distinguished Professor and David Levin Chair in Family Law, Emeritus, University of Florida Levin College of Law, USA; International Journal of Law, Policy and The Family, Oxford, 2022, 00, 1–6
Notes on Contributors Introduction Brian Sloan and Claire Fenton-Glynn
Part 1: Decoding Article 5
1The Enigma of Article 5 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Central or Peripheral?
Elaine E. Sutherland 2The Scope and Limitations of the Concept of Evolving Capacities within the crc Gerison Lansdown 3Assessing Children’s Capacity Reconceptualising Our Understanding through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Part 2: Article 5 and Domestic Legal Systems
4‘Evolving Capacities’ and ‘Parental Guidance’ in the Context of Youth Justice Testing the Application of Article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Ursula Kilkelly 5Parental Guidance in Support of Children’s Participation Rights The Interplay Between Arts 5 and 12 in the Family Justice System
Part 3: Parental Responsibility and Evolving Capacities
6Do Parents Know Best? John Eekelaar 7From Reasonable to Unreasonable Corporal Punishment in the Home
Trynie Boezaart 8Parental Responsibilities and Rights during the “Gender Reassignment” Decision-Making Process of Intersex Infants Guidance in Terms of Article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Lize Mills and Sabrina Thompson
Part 4: The Impact of Article 5 in Adoption Proceedings
9Children’s Capacities and Role in Matters of Great Significance for Them An analysis of the Norwegian County Boards’ Decision-Making in Cases about Adoption from Care
Amy McEwan-Strand and Marit Skivenes 10Children’s Views, Best Interests and Evolving Capacities in Consenting to Their Own Adoption A Study of nsw Supreme Court Judgements for Adoptions from Care
Judy Cashmore, Amy Conley Wright and Sarah Hoff 11Article 5 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Involvement of Fathers in Adoption Proceedings: A Comparative Analysis Brian Sloan
Part 5: Case Studies on the Application of Article 5
12Article 5: The Role of Parents in the Proxy Informed Consent Process in Medical Research involving Children Sheila Varadan 13Scotland’s Named Person Scheme A Case Study of Article 5 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Practice
Gillian Black 14New Zealand Case Studies to Test the Meaning and Use of Article 5 of the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Mark Henaghan Index
Scholars and students from a range of disciplines interested in children's rights and evolving capacities, as well as international human rights law more generally.