OHCHR Picture, Eiza Abid (15), Secondary Global Winner of the Children's Poster Competition organised by the Office of High Commission for Human Rights to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the two Covenants.

Law of Peace(making) and Children's International Human Rights (Forthcoming)

Sarah M. Field 

International law's affirmation of human rights, itself born of peacemaking, is grounded on the dignity and worth of each member of the human family. The law as developed is applicable to the emergent context that forges the imperative for peacemaking, and the process itself. There is thus an international legal obligation to affirm children’s standing as subjects of human rights in the successive processes that constitute peacemaking and give effect to the same in and through the resultant agreements, as recalled by Charter and treaty bodies. Yet children and their rights are mostly invisible in peacemaking. Its extremity, as laid bare by a cursory review of collections of peace agreements, raises a multiplicity of questions. Is it justified from the perspective of the law of peace(making)? May children’s rights yield to the pursuance of peace? If not, why are children mostly invisible in peacemaking? And how might children’s invisibility be transformed?  These questions reflect the aims of the book. It is therefore critical and constructive. Of necessity the book begins by seeking to establish the juristic and human rights context, however. What brings peace processes into being? What law regulates the process? What rights are applicable?  And how, if at all, are they accommodated to the context?  Interrogating the context in this way provides a framework for interrogating the book’s core questions. It concludes by yielding six overlapping legal and political opportunities for ensuring peace processes are constitutive of children's rights, and a two step process for transforming children's invisibility.



Working Paper Stream on the Right to have Rights 

Working Paper Stream on the Right to have Rights 

Syria's Invisible 43%

(UNICEF Picture, Child Anon.)