Journal article

"Best Interests of the Child", Australian Refugee Policy, and the (Im)possibilities of International Solidarity

Jordana Silverstein

HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW | SPRINGER | Published : 2020

Abstract

“Best interests of the child” is a key concept in international law, developed by and through institutions which maintain a stake in international solidarity. This article explores the quality of that solidarity, working to understand the modes of interrelationship between peoples and institutions which it instantiates, and which it could possibly be imagined to instantiate. Focusing on one context—the way that “best interests of the child” has developed within international politics and domestic Australian politics, through an examination of the discourses produced by policy-makers working within child refugee and asylum-seeker realms—this article examines the ways that this concept has rel..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Australian Research Council LF 140100049, "Child Refugees and Australian Internationalism: 1920 to the Present."