Children's Rights

Shaping the Future of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights at School

Shaping the Future of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights at School

Schools needs to be a place of safety for learners. Tragically, sexual and reproductive health rights can be violated at school. This episode of Shaping the Future of Reproductive Rights...
A Renewed Call for the Need for Recognition of the Non-Marital Family in the Irish Constitution

A Renewed Call for the Need for Recognition of the Non-Marital Family in the Irish Constitution

On 24th April 2021, the deliberations of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality recommended forty five changes to make Ireland a more gender equal place. The Assembly was established by...
Mandatory Vaccination in the Czech Republic does not Violate Human Rights

Mandatory Vaccination in the Czech Republic does not Violate Human Rights

Vavřička and Others v. the Czech Republic (8 April 2021) concerned the legal obligation of parents in the Czech Republic to vaccinate their children against ten diseases that are well-known...
Equal Marriage – Unequal Parenthood

Equal Marriage – Unequal Parenthood

In 2017, same-sex couples in Germany were granted the right to marry. While the legislator’s decision was celebrated at the time, much remains to be done. In particular, the law...
Constitutional Changes in Scotland – I: Incorporation of International Treaties, Devolution and Effective Accountability

Constitutional Changes in Scotland – I: Incorporation of International Treaties, Devolution and Effective Accountability

Scotland is on the precipice of significant subnational constitutional change through a programme of incorporation of international treaties. On 16 March 2021, the Scottish Parliament unanimously enacted the UNCRC (Incorporation)...
Youth Led Litigation Highlights the Intergenerational Impact of Climate Change

Youth Led Litigation Highlights the Intergenerational Impact of Climate Change

The impact of dangerous climate change on our children and future generations has been highlighted by campaigns around the world such as Fridays for Future, which grew out of Greta...
African Human Rights Court holds vagrancy laws incompatible with African human rights instruments

African Human Rights Court holds vagrancy laws incompatible with African human rights instruments

The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights on 4 December 2020, delivered a historic Advisory Opinion against vagrancy laws (laws which criminalize the status of individuals as being poor,...
President Biden and the War on Children

President Biden and the War on Children

On entering office last week, President Joe Biden was greeted by an in-tray unprecedented in US history: a global pandemic that has already claimed 400,000 American lives, the worst economic...
Czech Constitutional Court: No Recognition of Foreign Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

Czech Constitutional Court: No Recognition of Foreign Adoption by Same-Sex Couples

The recent decision of the Czech Constitutional Court (‘CCC’), Pl. ÚS 6/20, against allowing recognition of foreign adoption decisions in Czechia is harmful in outcome and evasive and formalistic in...
Responding to Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes Commission Report

Responding to Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes Commission Report

Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation Report was published last week. This is the latest in a series of state investigations into so-called ‘historical’ institutional injustice. Following an...
G.L. v. Italy: Inclusive Education Reinstated in Strasbourg

G.L. v. Italy: Inclusive Education Reinstated in Strasbourg

In G.L. v. Italy, the European Court of Human Rights found that Italy’s failure to provide special assistance to a pupil with autism constituted a discriminatory violation of her right...
Can trans children consent to puberty blocking drugs? The High Court of England and Wales doubts it.

Can trans children consent to puberty blocking drugs? The High Court of England and Wales doubts it.

If you are a transgender child living in England and Wales, what treatment can the NHS offer you? Until recently, one of the main options was a prescription of puberty...

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