Children and Law

The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition, 2014

Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-05-07

18 Pages Posted: 23 May 2014 Last revised: 22 Sep 2015

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Laura A. Rosenbury

University of Florida - Levin College of Law

Date Written: May 20, 2014

Abstract

This Article offers a broad survey of the multiple ways law governs children’s lives. The legal regulation of children is neither a subset of family law nor a limited set of exceptions to the legal regulation of persons generally. Law instead creates a legal category of child and governs that category differently than it governs adults across many spheres, including the home, schools, child welfare systems, juvenile justice institutions, and the market. The Article analyzes the justifications and effects of this legal approach, highlighting the ways law determines whether parents or state actors may exercise authority over children.

Keywords: Child Abuse and Neglect, Child Labor, Child Development, Child Protection, Children’s Rights, Capacity, Delinquency, Dependency, Education, Family Privacy, Infancy Defenses, Juvenile Justice, Maturity, Parentage, Parental Rights, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Suggested Citation

Rosenbury, Laura A., Children and Law (May 20, 2014). The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Second Edition, 2014; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-05-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2439482

Laura A. Rosenbury (Contact Author)

University of Florida - Levin College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 117625
Gainesville, FL 32611-7625
United States

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