Editorial Introduction Thinking about children's rights has come a long way in the last quarter of a century. The famous aphorism of Hillary Rodham in 1973 that children's rights were 'a slogan in search of a definition' now seems dated as the concept has been worked on, analysed and fought over in academic literature and political discussion. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989 is likely to be the fulcrum upon which debate over children's rights in the fore- seeable future will rest. But it must be seen as a beginning only to a debate across disciplines and continents that needs to be conducted if the integrity and personality of children is truly to be recognised. There are different opinions as to what children's rights embraces, differ- ences which as encapsulated in the U.N. Convention. Should the emphasis be on children's welfare or should a child's autonomy be the central value? Should the aim be to protect children or their rights? Is liberalism the goal or merely empowerment? These differences can be explained in part by the different ideologies of their protagonists and by different models of childhood. And different concepts of children's
The International Journal of Children's Rights – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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