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The UNCRC: The Voice of Global Consensus on Children's Rights?
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3812-0652
School of Education, University of Brighton, Brighton, England.
Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, Stirling, UK.
2018 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Human Rights, ISSN 1891-8131, E-ISSN 1891-814X, Vol. 36, no 1, p. 38-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

That the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) encompasses contradictions is known. Despite this knowledge, attention to conflicting aspects within the convention is limited, and instead, the assumption that the convention represents an international consensus on the meaning of children's human rights seems to be widespread in policy and academic work. Furthermore, the available literature within the field of children's rights is largely silent regarding precise and elaborated knowledge about the inherent contradictions within the UNCRC. This paper expands upon and specifies the knowledge about consensus and inconsistencies within the convention. Through an in-depth study of the drafting process of the UNCRC, the paper identifies and displays both contradictions within the convention, and ways in which the text of the convention can be seen to express consensus. The analysis shows how a certain consensus was produced for respectively civil and political rights, and socio-economic rights, but that different and inconsistent children's rights logics underlay the formation of these respective consensus-formations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2018. Vol. 36, no 1, p. 38-54
Keywords [en]
Children's Rights, Human Rights, UNCRC
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Globalisation Studies Law (excluding Law and Society)
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Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-69052DOI: 10.1080/18918131.2018.1453589ISI: 000439441200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85046774472OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-69052DiVA, id: diva2:1250867
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Örebro University  

University of Brighton  

University of Stirling 

Available from: 2018-09-25 Created: 2018-09-25 Last updated: 2018-09-27Bibliographically approved

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