The Battle(s) Over Children's Rights in the Irish Constitution

Irish Political Studies, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 495-516, 2007

Posted: 19 Jul 2009

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Aoife Nolan

University of Nottingham - School of Law

Date Written: December 3, 2007

Abstract

The paper centres on the battle(s) that have been, and are being, fought over children’s rights under the Irish Constitution. The author assesses whether the Irish Constitution, as it stands, qualifies as a ‘children’s rights constitution’ under which children are afforded special recognition in terms of their rights rather than their welfare. The likelihood that any constitutional amendment proposed in the near future will succeed in bringing the Irish Constitution into the ‘children’s rights’ category of constitution, is considered. The author addresses both the issue of the alleged desirability of a ‘children’s rights constitution’ and the extent to which the Irish Constitution (or any constitution, in fact) can and should protect the various rights and interests of children.

Keywords: children's rights, children's welfare, child protection, constitutional law, human rights, Irish Constitution

Suggested Citation

Nolan, Aoife, The Battle(s) Over Children's Rights in the Irish Constitution (December 3, 2007). Irish Political Studies, Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 495-516, 2007 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1434868

Aoife Nolan (Contact Author)

University of Nottingham - School of Law ( email )

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Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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