More has been written about children, childhood and children’s rights in the last 20 years than in the rest of history. There are more university courses focusing on children now than ever before.
The International Journal of Children’s Rights has been a major player in all this. Its impact is worldwide. It has established itself as the leading journal in the field. The journal is now in its 19th year, and is flourishing. This volume has been compiled not only to commemorate the journal’s work, but also the 20th anniversary of the Convention coming into operation, and of the first World Summit on Children. An anthology of the best articles published in these formative years, this volume offers a representative sample of what the journal has achieved. Some of the articles are ones which are frequently cited, whilst others are less well known; some deal with theory, others with practice. The case for children’s rights is to be found throughout this collection, as is the history of children’s rights. Some articles are devoted to the UN Convention, others cover a wide selection of issues relating to different children’s rights, ranging from children and religion, the relationship between women and children, to children and health, and how children perceive their rights.
Michael Freeman is Professor of English Law at University College, London. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Children's Rights; Editor of the International Journal of Law in Context; Editor of Issues in Law and Society, General Editor of International Library of Medicine, Ethics and Law and joint-editor of the Current Legal Problems. He has published widely in the areas of family law, child law and policy, children's rights, medicine, ethics and the law and medical law, jurisprudence and legal theory.