There must be few people who would not concede that children must have at least some rights: as persons, children must have the most fundamental of human rights.1 Many perhaps would go further and say that, because of their vulnerability, children should be entitled to some rights which adults may no longer have. Nevertheless, as a matter of theory the issue of children’s rights is hotly debated, both as to the sense in which children can be regarded as rights-holders,2 and the extent to which they should be accorded rights. In practice difficult questions can arise as to the extent to which children’s rights should be recognized in law. This chapter examines some of the theoretical and practical debates surrounding recognition of children’s rights.
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