The Rights of the Child

Legal, Political and Ethical Challenges

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How can human rights for children born outside their national jurisdiction with parents deemed as terrorists be safeguarded? In what ways do children risk being discriminated in their welfare rights in Sweden when treated as invisible part of a family? How can we do research on children’s rights in not just ethically sensitive ways but also with respect for children as rights subjects? And what could be a theory on social justice for children? These are questions discussed in studies from different disciplines concerning children’s international human rights, with a special focus on the realization of the CRC in Sweden.
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Rebecca Adami, PhD 2014 Stockholm University, is Associate Professor at the Department of Education, SU. Together with K. Dineen, she published the article “Discourses of Childism: How COVID-19 Has Unveiled Prejudice, Discrimination and Social Injustice against Children in the Everyday” (The International Journal of Children’s Rights, Vol 29, Issue 2, pp.353-370, Brill/Nijhoff).

Anna Kaldal, PhD 2010 Stockholm University, is Professor at the Department of Law at that university. She published ”Barnets bästa i vårdnadstvister – särskilt principen om barnets bästa och barnets rätt att komma till tals, in Åhman, Leviner & Zillén (ed) Barnkonventionen i praktiken Rättsliga utmaningar och möjligheter” (Norstedts juridik, 2020).

Margareta Aspán, PhD in Education, 2009, is Senior lecturer at the Department of child and youth studies, Stockholm university, since 2014. She published "Janusz Korczak och Ellen Key – tankar om barnet är tankar om människan. S. & R- M. Hartman (red.) Fostran med kärlek och respekt, Janusz Korszaks pedagogik, 50 år i Sverige” (Svenska Korczaksällskapets skriftserie, nr 5, 2022).
Preface – Contrasting Perspectives on Child Rights  
Rebecca Adami

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Notes on Contributors

Introduction
  Children’s Rights from an International Perspective
  Laura Lundy

  A Children’s Rights Dilemma – Paternalism versus Autonomy
  Noam Peleg

Part 1
Legal Challenges Regarding the Rights of the Child
1 Children’s Right to Have Rights – on the Importance of Statutory Rights for Swedish Children Living outside the Country
  Johanna Schiratzki

  A Response to Johanna Schiratzki
  Sandra Karlsson

2 Child Rights without Substance? – Swedish Public Welfare and the Invisibility of Children in Economic Support Cases
  Pernilla Leviner and Tim Holappa

  A Response to Pernilla Leviner and Tim Holappa
  Lars Lindblom

3 Children’s Participation in Legal Proceedings – Conditioned by Adult Views of Children’s Capacity and Credibility?
  Anna Kaldal

  A Response to Anna Kaldal
  Linde Lindkvist

4 Societal Unease and the Right to Non-discrimination for Youths with Foreign Background Who Are in Conflict with the Law
  Katrin Lainpelto

  A Response to Katrin Lainpelto
  Rebecca Adami

5 Children’s Right to Health(Care) – in Light of Medical Advancements and Developments in Paediatric Care
  Kavot Zillén

  A Response to Kavot Zillén
  Margareta Aspán

Part 2
Conceptualizing the Rights of the Child Political, Ethical, and Moral Dimensions
6 Childism – on Adult Resistance to Children’s Rights
  Rebecca Adami

  A Response to Rebecca Adami
  Katrin Lainpelto

7 Five Problems with Children’s Participation Rights
  Linde Lindkvist

  A Response to Linde Lindkvist
  Anna Kaldal

8 Distributive Justice for Children
  Lars Lindblom

  A Response to Lars Lindblom
  Pernilla Leviner and Tim Holappa

9 Article 31 – the Forgotten Right to Cultural Life and the Arts
  Margareta Aspán

  A Response to Margareta Aspán
  Kavot Zillén

10 Ethnography of Lived Rights – Methodological and Ethical Considerations when Researching Rights with Children
  Sandra Karlsson

  A Response to Sandra Karlsson
  Johanna Schiratzki

Index

This book will provide students, practitioners, professionals, and scholars interested in the rights of the child with an interdisciplinary lens to explore crucial issues concerning core challenges of realizing human rights for children.
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