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Looking at Law through Children's Eyes

Book | 1st edition 2021 | United Kingdom | Marieke J. Hopman

“Hopman's book is a significant and timely contribution to the study of children’s rights and a relevant reading for those interested in children’s conceptualisations and understandings of rights, children’s experiences of rights in their everyday lives and research methodologies to examine these issues.”
-- Gabriela Martinez Sainz, The International Journal of Children's Rights, 2022

Since the adoption of the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, all children in the world have rights that are protected by states – at least in theory. In practice, children’s rights are grossly violated on a daily basis and on a global scale. Studies in children’s rights struggle to find why this is the case, and what can be possibly done to change this situation.

This publication proposes that a better understanding of children’s rights violations may be achieved if looking at law from a child’s perspective. This means that a researcher has to go beyond the analysis of international conventions and national law, to include what is perceived as law by children. This book presents a new theoretical framework and methodology for finding law for children, combining legal pluralism, law and sociology, philosophy of law and legal empirical research. This framework is then put to the test in three case studies, all which include empirical research data. The book explores the possible legal orders that arise when looking at law through children’s eyes, such as the household and the classroom. These legal orders, that we find when looking at law through children’s eyes, have to be recognized as part of a complete picture of law influencing the protection and/or violation of children’s rights.

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Type of product Book
Format Paperback
EAN / ISSN 9781839701016 / 9781839701023
Serie name Human Rights Research Series
Weight 700 g
Status Available
Number of pages xiv + 454 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Jan 4, 2021
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique No
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Table of Contents and Preliminary Pages
  • Introduction
  • Introduction to Part I
  • Chapter 1. Finding Law
  • Chapter 2. Law for Children, an Adult Perspective
  • Chapter 3. Law for Children, a Child's Perspective
  • Chapter 4. Finding Law for Children: Methodology
  • Introduction to Part II
  • Chapter 5. The Child's Right to Education in the Netherlands
  • Chapter 6. The Child's Right to Education in the Central African Republic
  • Chapter 7. The Child's Right to Nationality in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
  • Chapter 8. Reflection & Conclusion
  • Chapter 9. Research Impact