This book examines the rights of the child using the global framework of the United Nations International Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. Analysing both public and private international legal aspects, this cross-disciplinary text promotes a holistic understanding of the ongoing development of child law, children’s rights and the protection of the child. In-depth analyses of the following topic areas are included: Childhood in the digital age; Child labour; International parental child abduction; Inter-country adoption; Sexual exploitation; Children and armed conflict; and Indigenous children. These topics are contextualised with further chapters on the concept of childhood and children’s rights, the international legal framework in which the Convention operates and a substantive chapter on the Convention itself.

This fourth edition has been updated and revised, including a new chapter dealing with issues arising from childhood in the age of unprecedented digital technological advancements; a crucial issue for childhood experiences in modern times. This edition also includes new case studies, recent legal developments in the field of international child law, and inclusion of broader scholarship to capture diverse views on international law and child law. The aim of this book is to provide the reader with an accessible, informed, critical and scholarly account of the international law framework relating to children.

Drawing on a range of legal and other disciplines, this book remains a valuable resource for those in the course of study and research in this area.

chapter Chapter 1|39 pages

Childhood and children’s rights

chapter Chapter 3|147 pages

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

chapter Chapter 4|42 pages

Childhood in the digital age

chapter Chapter 5|60 pages

Child labour

chapter Chapter 6|52 pages

International parental child abduction

chapter Chapter 7|42 pages

Intercountry adoption

chapter Chapter 8|42 pages

Child sexual exploitation

chapter Chapter 9|50 pages

Children in armed conflict

chapter Chapter 10|28 pages

Indigenous children