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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Rights of Children

Warren Binford

Subject(s):
Bill of rights — Civil and political rights — Individual rights — Children

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. ‘Children’s rights’ is a poorly defined concept. Nonetheless, during the 20th century the term has come to mean generally the intersection of human and legal rights as they apply to persons under 18 years of age. Children’s rights constitute both human rights that apply inherently to all persons, in addition to those rights that apply to children due to their unique status. One hundred years ago, national constitutions throughout the world were virtually silent with regard to children’s rights. Today, dozens of constitutions recognize children’s rights to...
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