Eight things we understate about children's fundamental right to have rights (Forthcoming 2017)
Often international human rights law is maligned as a legal abstraction, unconnected to our lives. Refuting this perception, ‘eight things’ focuses on international human rights law as a holder of our humanity: our sense of justice, our creativity and our interconnectedness to each other. Framed in this way, law is an encrypted narrative. Unscramble the encryption and the law becomes alive – stories stream forth: stories of the law’s imperfect formation, fulfilment and continuing evolution; stories of our shared and continuing struggle for justice. The objective therefore of ‘eight things’ is to unscramble some of these encrypted narratives: most particularly to uncover the right holders layered behind the legalism, specifically the child rights holders layered behind the legalism of international human rights law relating to children. Through this medium, ‘eight things’ presents and rebuts eight myths about children’s rights. However, ‘eight things’ may also be viewed in another way — as a reminder of why rights are important for children, what rights children have and how they work.