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Volume 2 Issue 2 - December 23, 2008

Childhood and Rights: Reflections on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Catarina Tomás

This article reviews the main themes and issues that have appeared in the literature on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) about children’s rights in the context of globalisation. The Convention is widely acknowledged to be a normative and symbolic landmark in the context of children's rights but two decades after its adoption by the United Nations, it is argued that it is important to carry out a detailed and critical reflection on and revision to the Convention, because childhoods and the situations of children throughout the world have been overtaken by new problems, ambiguities and exclusions.