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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Lynch & Liefaard on Children and Criminal Law

Nessa Lynch and Ton Liefaard (Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law and Leiden University - Leiden Law School) have posted What is Left in the 'Too Hard Basket'? Developments and Challenges for the Rights of Children in Conflict with the Law ((2020) 28 International Journal of Children's Rights 89) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
The 30 years since the enactment of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has seen extensive developments in the theory and practice of children’s rights. Children’s rights are now an established academic discipline with the study of children in conflict with the law being a fundamental area of analysis. This paper takes the approach of highlighting three areas of development of children’s rights scholarship in relation to the criminal justice system: children’s rights, developmental science and notable themes emerging from cross-national scholarship, including age limits, diversion, effective participation and deprivation of liberty. In addition, it analyses three gaps or challenges which are “left in the too-hard basket” for the coming decades.

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