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The Child's Right to Development

Noam Peleg (University of New South Wales, Sydney)



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Cambridge University Press
25 July 2019
Age groups: children; Human rights; International human rights law; Human rights & civil liberties law; Family law: children
This book provides a comprehensive account of how child development and the right to development of children have been understood in international children's rights law. It argues that any conceptions of childhood focussed either on children's future as adults, or on children's lives in the present, overlook the hybridity of children's lived experiences. The book therefore suggests a new conception of childhood - namely, 'hybrid childhood' - which accommodates respect for children's agency and human dignity in the present, in the process of growth, and in the outcomes of this process when the child becomes an adult. Consequently, and building on the capability approach's idea of human development, the book presents a radical new interpretation of the child's right to development under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It offers a comprehensive interpretation of the right to development, which is one of the four guiding principles of the Convention.
By:   Noam Peleg (University of New South Wales Sydney)
Imprint:   Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   510g
ISBN:   9781107094529
ISBN 10:   1107094526
Pages:   262
Publication Date:   25 July 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Introduction; 1. Embedding the protection of 'child development' into international children's rights law; 2. Creating the right to development of children; 3. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child's interpretation of the right to development; 4. Exploring the meanings of human and child development; 5. A new framework for analysing the child's right to development; Conclusion.

Noam Peleg is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia, where he researches and teaches international children's rights law and family law. He has published and presented widely on children's rights matters and also has consulted for non-governmental organisations in the United Kingdom and Australia. Noam is the book review editor and a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Children's Rights. Before moving to academia, Peleg practised law in several human rights NGOs, where he specialised in representing children in courts.

Reviews for The Child's Right to Development

'The Child's Right to Development is an extremely welcome addition to the field of children's rights scholarship. The right to development is fundamental to understanding the Convention on the Rights of the Child but has, to date, been neglected completely in research and scholarship. Dr Peleg's detailed and thoughtful legal analysis situates the right within wider childhood theory and child development practice. This scholarly critique is a must read for every children's rights academic or student.' Laura Lundy, Co-Editor in Chief International Journal of Children's Rights; Co-Director, Centre for Children's Rights, Queen's University Belfast 'Focusing on the crucial issue of the child's right to development under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child - a historically under-researched and marginalised topic - Peleg's book is a key contribution to our understanding of children, development and rights. In providing a much-needed justification and critical account of this right, Peleg outlines a highly original and inter-disciplinary conception of development, thereby pushing the boundaries of human rights scholarship.' Aoife Nolan, University of Nottingham and Member, Council of Europe European Committee of Social Rights 'There is a serious deficit both in conceptualisation, and understanding of the child's right to development, as well as its synergy with other rights. The intellectual rigour with which these issues are argued in this book makes it an important and accessible resource to a diverse group of professionals that are working towards the creation of a world that is fit for children.' Benyam Dawit Mezmur, University of the Western Cape, South Africa and former Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child 'The Child's Right to Development makes a remarkable contribution to the field of children's rights and legal scholarship. This monograph is rich, both in terms of its theoretical foundation and conceptual depth. Strengthened by Peleg's considerable archival analysis, it presents an innovative cross-disciplinary understanding of child development that leads to a more 'concrete interpretation of the child's right to development'. This monograph deserves a wide readership and has clear international appeal.' Dr Faith Gordon, Australian Journal of Human Rights 'The book offers a new conception of 'hybrid' childhood in which two existing interpretations - one focused on children's future as adults, the other on their present situation as children, which come together to combine children's right to dignity and agency with their right to development as a process of growth. Drawing on the paradigm of capability, it also suggests a new reading of the right to development as one of the four guiding principles of the CRC.' Urszula Markowska-Manista, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 'The Child's Right to Development makes a significant contribution not only to legal studies and international human rights law but to conceptual advancements in the field of childhood studies ... Peleg builds on key principles of childhood studies such as agency, participation, recognition and intersectionality to argue that there is no right way for a child to develop. The real contribution of the monograph lies in applying these important principles to broaden the scope of the CRC 'in order to create a coherent and meaningful interpretation of the right to development' [(p. 13)], which respects children's agency and the heterogeneity of childhood.' Antonia Canosa, Global Studies of Childhood

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