Children's Economic and Social Rights

Unedited paper due to appear in T. Liefaard, U. Kilkelly, and S. Hoadley (eds) International Law on the Rights of the Child (Springer, Forthcoming)

20 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2017

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Aoife Nolan

University of Nottingham - School of Law

Date Written: February 27, 2017

Abstract

Recent years have seen a growing understanding of the relationship between poverty and human rights, an explosion in awareness of the status of children as right-holders, and increasing linkages being made between human rights and child poverty in the development context. Galvanised by mounting concerns about the impacts of economic globalisation and the 2007-8 crises on children, these developments have unsurprisingly focused academic and practitioner attention on those rights of children that are most directly related to ensuring children’s survival and development needs – namely children’s economic and social rights (ESR).

Focusing on the content of, and obligations imposed by, children’s economic and social rights, this chapter opens by locating ESR under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in terms of the broader international human rights framework on ESR. It then goes on to discuss the duties of states and other actors in terms of those rights, focusing in particular on Article 4 of the CRC. The chapter concludes with a discussion of what lies ahead for children’s ESR, highlighting crucial challenges including those posed by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the ongoing marginalisation of children in global society.

Keywords: child rights, social rights, socio-economic rights, economic and social rights, children's rights, UNCRC, Convention on the Rights of the Child, rights of the child, budgets, resources, obligations, sustainable development, SDGs

Suggested Citation

Nolan, Aoife, Children's Economic and Social Rights (February 27, 2017). Unedited paper due to appear in T. Liefaard, U. Kilkelly, and S. Hoadley (eds) International Law on the Rights of the Child (Springer, Forthcoming). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2924582 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2924582

Aoife Nolan (Contact Author)

University of Nottingham - School of Law ( email )

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Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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