The law of international human rights grounds its composite rights on 'the dignity and worth' of each member of the human family. The standing it generates affirms children's presence and agency in our state (and law) based world, and supports children to survive and thrive in a multiplicity of ways. Research reveals, however, it is often under qualified. Yet at its most elemental the rights based process it yields brings children into being, and in doing so generates a wellspring of data that may drive more responsive and effective measures for giving effect to their broader rights (including for example their right to freedom from all forms of violence). It thus offers a beacon for (a) supporting duty bearers to comply with their broader obligations and in particular (b) guiding responses to the complex human rights challenges yielded by our mutable and fragile twenty first century world. The streams offered here aspire to support this process of bringing the law alive by driving new ways of seeing and acting.