Commentary on R (on the Application of Begum) v. Governors of Denbigh High School

Helen Stalford, Kathryn Hollingsworth and Stephen Gilmore, Rewriting Children’s Rights: Judgments From Academic Vision to New Practice, Hart, 2017, 345-351

8 Pages Posted: 31 Mar 2017 Last revised: 6 Nov 2017

Date Written: March 30, 2017

Abstract

It is more than 10 years since the decision of the House of Lords (HL, as it was then) in Begum, but it remains as contentious and relevant as ever. In Begum, religion, age, gender, culture, and socio-economic background conflate, raising issues of equality, tolerance, autonomy, diversity, and respect. The decision alerts us to the way in which a range of socio-cultural variables affect children’s lives. This commentary discusses the significance of this decision and how this decision could have been more compelling from a children's rights perspective.

Keywords: children's rights, religion, equality, diversity, discrimination, autonomy, school uniform

Suggested Citation

Ferreira, Nuno, Commentary on R (on the Application of Begum) v. Governors of Denbigh High School (March 30, 2017). Helen Stalford, Kathryn Hollingsworth and Stephen Gilmore, Rewriting Children’s Rights: Judgments From Academic Vision to New Practice, Hart, 2017, 345-351. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943468

Nuno Ferreira (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

School of Law, Politics and Sociology
Freeman Building, University of Sussex
Brighton, BN1 9QE
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/396218

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