Children's rights and children's criminal responsibility

Keating, Heather (2015) Children's rights and children's criminal responsibility. In: Diduck, Alison, Peleg, Noam and Reece, Helen (eds.) Law in society: reflections on children, family, culture and philosophy: essays in honour of Michael Freeman. Brill, Nijhoff, Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 293-308. ISBN 9789004261488

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Abstract

Does the recognition of children as legal subjects rather than objects of concern mean that arguments that the minimum age of criminal responsibility should be raised are misplaced? Against the backdrop of our current understanding of children’s development, Michael Freeman’s theory of liberal paternalism and international conventions this chapter explores, what is the appropriate yardstick by which to determine the fundamental question of how we treat children who do wrong. While doing full justice to this question would require an examination the entirety of the youth justice system, the chapter concentrate upon the age at which we hold children responsible with one apparent but important diversion into the issue of anti-social behaviour.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Crime Research Centre
Depositing User: Heather Keating
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 16:02
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 16:02
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/64739

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