Thirty years after the adoption of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, this book provides diverse perspectives from countries and regions across the globe on its implementation, critique and potential for reform.

The book revolves around key issues including progress in implementing the CRC worldwide; how to include children in legal proceedings; how to uphold children’s various civil rights; how to best assist children at risk; and discussions surrounding children’s identity rights in a changing familial order. Discussion of the CRC is both compelling and polarizing and the book portrays the enthusiasm around these topics through contrasting and comparative opinions on a range of topics.

The work provides varying perspectives from many different countries and regions, offering a wealth of insight on topics that will be of significant interest to scholars and practitioners working in the areas of children’s rights and justice.

part Part I|86 pages

Struggles, challenges, and successes in implementing and ratifying the CRC worldwide

part A|14 pages


chapter 1|13 pages

How to ensure wider implementation of the CRC

ByOlga Khazova

part B|13 pages

chapter 2|12 pages

The European Union and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Towards a fully-fledged European Union child rights strategy
ByAida Kisunaite, Simone Delicati

part C|16 pages


chapter 3|15 pages

Thirty years of the CRC in Africa

ByJulia Sloth-Nielsen

part D|13 pages


chapter 4|12 pages

Thirty years later

The CRC's influence on Israeli law, taking stock and moving forward
ByTamar Morag

part E|29 pages

United States

chapter 5|14 pages

Forever owned

Children as possessions in the CRC
ByJames G. Dwyer

part Part II|54 pages

Children's Participation Rights and Child-Friendly Justice

chapter 7|14 pages

My voice must be heard too

Why children need a voice in custody hearings
ByEllen Marrus, Malikah Marrus, Rifqa Sa’Aadat

chapter 8|12 pages

Child-friendly justice

A malleable catalyst for the promotion of child and human rights
ByPhilip D. Jaffé

chapter 9|13 pages

Family group conferences in child protection

A communitarian implementation of children's participation rights
ByTali Gal

chapter 10|13 pages

The unheard voices of young girls at risk

ByShiran Reichenberg

part Part III|56 pages

Children's civil rights

chapter 11|14 pages

Childhood, speech, and the right to free speech

ByNicholas Hatzis

chapter 12|14 pages

Upholding children's civil rights as relational rights

The example of childhood circumcision
ByPamela Laufer-Ukeles

chapter 14|14 pages

Children's digital rights

Realizing the potential of the CRC
ByKatharina Kaesling

part Part IV|26 pages

Children's right to identity

chapter 15|12 pages

The child's right to know their biological origin in comparative European law

Consequences for parentage law
ByGordana Kovaček Stanić

chapter 16|12 pages

Québec's (out)law concerning medically assisted procreation

A plea for access to origins
ByJohanne Clouet, Valérie P. Costanzo

part Part V|42 pages

Protecting children at risk

chapter 17|13 pages

Suffering at the hands of caregivers

The mandatory duty of caregivers to report child abuse and neglect from a South African perspective
ByMildred Bekink

chapter 19|14 pages

Dutch strategies for combating child poverty

A child rights-based approach
ByMerel Jonker, Jet Tigchelaar, Catrin Finkenauer, Kirsten Visser, Gonneke Stevens