Constitutional Protection of Children’s Rights: Visibility, Agency and Enforceability

(2019) 19 Human Rights Law Review, Forthcoming

31 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2019 Last revised: 15 Feb 2019

Date Written: January 28, 2019

Abstract

While almost every state in the world has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), there is less consensus around the manner in which the rights protected by the CRC should be protected in national constitutions. To say that a constitution makes provision for children’s rights is just a starting point: the extent to which a national constitution takes a genuine child rights approach will depend on the quality of the constitutional provisions in question. This paper aims to provide a typology which can be used to assess whether the approach taken by any given constitution to the protection of children’s rights is in line with the child rights approach envisaged by CRC by analysing individual constitutions along three separate spectrums. The Visibility spectrum measures how visible children are in a constitutional scheme; the Agency spectrum measures the extent to which children are considered to be independent, autonomous rights holders, while the Enforceability spectrum measures the extent to which children’s constitutional rights can be enforced.

Keywords: Constitutional Law, Children’s Rights, UNCRC

Suggested Citation

O'Mahony, Conor, Constitutional Protection of Children’s Rights: Visibility, Agency and Enforceability (January 28, 2019). (2019) 19 Human Rights Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3324280 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3324280

Conor O'Mahony (Contact Author)

University College Cork ( email )

Faculty of Law
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

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