Journal article

Justifying children's rights

J Tobin

International Journal of Children's Rights | Published : 2013


The conceptual foundations of children’s rights remain under theorized. This paper develops a social interest theory of rights to offer a justification for the conception of rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It reveals that this conception is capable of producing a culturally sensitive, dynamic, inclusive and relational conception of rights that remedies many of the deficiencies associated with the traditional conception of human rights as being Western, individualistic trumps.

University of Melbourne Researchers