Children's Socio-Economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts

By Aoife Nolan

Despite the significant growth of academic interest in both children's rights and socio-economic rights over the last two decades, children's socio-economic rights are a comparatively neglected area. This is particularly true with regard to the role of the courts in the enforcement of such rights. Author Aoife Nolan's book - now available in paperback - remedies this omission, focusing on the circumstances in which the courts can and should give effect to the socio-economic rights of children. The arguments put forward are located within the context of long-standing debates in constitutional law, democratic theory, and human rights. The claims made by the author are supported and illustrated by concrete examples of judicial enforcement of children's socio-economic rights from a variety of jurisdictions. The work is thus rooted in both theory and practice, and represents a major original contribution to the existing scholarship in a range of areas, including human rights, legal and political theory, and constitutional law. The book brings together and addresses a wide range of issues, including: children as citizens and their position in relation to democratic decision-making processes * the implications of children and their rights for democratic and constitutional theory * the role of the courts in ensuring the enforcement of children's rights * the debates surrounding the litigation and adjudication of socio-economic rights. *** Children's Socio-Economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts was the winner of the Kevin Boyle Book Prize 2012 for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. (Series: Human Rights Law in Perspective)

Publication Date: 6/26/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781849467278

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