Streaming Children's Rights

Forthcoming, Autumn 2019

‘A child rights approach is one which furthers the realisation of the rights of all children as set out in the Convention by developing the capacity of duty bearers to meet their obligations to respect, protect and fulfil their rights (art., 4) and the capacity of rights holders to claim their rights [...].’
— Committee on the Rights of the Child, Article 19: The Right of the Child to Freedom from all Forms of Violence, General Comment No. 13, February 17, 2011, U.N. Doc. CRC/C/GC/13, para. 52.

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 brings children into being in our state (and law) based world: it affirms their presence and agency, and in doing so generates a wellspring of data that supports duty bearers to comply with their broader obligations to respect and ensure children's  international human rights — and thereby children's individual and collective flourishing.   

Yet research reveals that this standing is often under qualified: sometimes unqualified, other times partially qualified. It thus yields an opportunity to bring the law (more fully) into life.

Streaming Children’s Rights aspires to support this process by raising and deepening consciousness about children’s standing as subjects of human rights, or viewed another way support the fulfilment of the right to know, seek and receive information about human rights. It is premised on the supposition that streaming reflection on and engagement with the law offers a pathway for driving new ways of seeing and acting  — and that this in turn is key to responding to the complex human rights challenges yielded by our contingent and fragile twenty-first century world.

Towards this aim Streaming Children's Rights aspires to (i) offer dynamic and collaborative opportunities for deepening knowledge of and engagement with children's rights and (ii) reflect on and bring to life the multiplicity of ways children's rights support them to survive and thrive.

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Eights Ways International Human Rights Law Supports Children’s Survival and Flourishing

Sarah M. Field

Forthcoming Autumn 2019 (Picture, Defence for Children International-Palestine)