G39
Makers, brokers, breakers: children and young people in legally plural worlds (IUAES Commission on Legal Pluralism)

Convenors:
Ellen Desmet (Ghent University / University of Antwerp)
Giselle Corradi (Ghent University)
Location:
University Place 4.213
Start time:
7 August, 2013 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

Children and young people are increasingly claiming and exercising rights in various forms and fora. How do their rights conceptions differ in various cultural contexts? How do they act as makers, brokers or breakers of certain norms? What is the role and potential of 'children's rights'?

Long abstract:

This panel focuses on children and young people as (relatively) new actors with norm-generating capacity. Children and young people are increasingly claiming and exercising rights in various forms and fora, the working children's movements being among the best-known examples. Questions that can be addressed in the papers include: How do children and young people engage with the plurality of normative orders impacting on their daily life and well-being? What are rights conceptions of children and young people in different cultural contexts? How and why do they act as makers, brokers or breakers of certain norms? What is the role and potential of 'children's rights', understood as the human rights of children, in relation to other (state and non-state) bodies of law? The panel aims to bring together theoretical and empirical contributions on under-researched issues in the relationship between children, children's rights and legal pluralism.