Accepted paper:

Assessing the interaction between (scholarship on) children's rights and legal pluralism


Ellen Desmet (Ghent University / University of Antwerp)
Giselle Corradi (Ghent University)

Paper short abstract:

This paper critically assesses to what extent and how law and scholarship on children's rights and legal pluralism have engaged with each other.

Paper long abstract:

This paper takes a two-pronged approach. On the one hand, legal anthropology has deepened our understanding of the dynamics at play between various legal orders. From a legal pluralism perspective, it is assessed how children and their rights have been considered in (legal) anthropological scholarship. On the other, children's rights have gained considerable leverage at the international level, particularly since the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. Questions arise as to the relevance and impact of children's rights in legally plural settings, and to what extent this has been taken up in research.

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