For more detailed information about the series, as well as ordering information, please visit the publisher Brill Nojhoff's website.

Regarding other questions about the series, please contact editor Pernilla Leviner

Vol. VI. 

Child Rights and Drug Control in International Law, by Damon Barrett. (2020)

Responding to the harms caused by drugs is one of the most challenging social policy issues of our time. In Child Rights and Drug Control on International Law, Damon Barrett explores the meaning of the child’s right to protection from drugs under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the relationship between this right and the UN drug control conventions. Adopting a critical approach, the book traces the intersecting histories of the treaties, the role of child rights in global drug policy discourse, and the practice of the Committee on the Rights of the Child. It invites us to reflect upon the potential for child rights to provide justification for state actions associated with wider human rights risks.

Vol. V. 

Children’s Constitutional Rights in the Nordic Countries, edited by Trude Haugli, Anna Nylund, Randi Sigurdsen and Lena R. L. Bendiksen, University of Tromso. (2019)

This study explores whether and how enshrining children’s rights in national constitutions improves implementation and enforcement of those rights by comparing Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Swedish law.

Vol. IV.

Corporal Punishment of Children - Comparative Legal and Social Developments towards Prohibition and Beyond, edited by Bernadette J. Saunders, Pernilla Leviner & Bronwyn Naylor. (2018)

This volume provides insights into the views and experiences of prominent academics, and political, religious, and human rights activists from Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, the UK, and the US. Country-specific and thematic insights in relation to children’s ongoing experience of corporal punishment are detailed and discussed, and key questions are raised and considered with a view to advancing progress towards societies in which children’s human rights to dignity and optimal development are more fully recognised.

Vol. III

Children, Autonomy and the Courts - Beyond the Right to be Heard, by Aoife Daly. (2018)

In this book Aoife Daly argues that where courts decide children’s best interests (for example about parental contact) the Convention on the Rights of the Child's "right to be heard" is insufficient, and autonomy should instead be the focus. Global law and practice indicate that children are regularly denied due process rights in their own best interest proceedings and find their wishes easily overridden. It is argued that a children’s autonomy principle, respecting children’s wishes unless significant harm would likely result, would ensure greater support for children in proceedings, and greater obligations on adults to engage in transparent decision-making. This book is a powerful call for a reconceptualisation of the status of children in a key area of children’s rights.

Vol. II

Participation, Power and Attitudes: Implementing Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, by Rebecca Thorburn Stern. (2017)

In this volume of the Series Thorburn Stern analyses how CRC state parties describe their implementation of Article 12 on respect for the child’s views. The focus of the study is on if, and how, references to traditional attitudes are used by state parties to explain their actions and inactions when implementing this key right and principle. It is shown that 'traditional attitudes' are employed less as justification of poor implementation than as a way of allocating responsibility to the population rather than to the state party, and that references to tradition remain a mainly non-Western phenomenon, thus also overlooking the impact of traditional attitudes in Western societies.

Vol. I

Child Friendly Justice: A Quarter of a Century of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, edited by Said Mahmoudi, Pernilla Leviner, Anna Kaldal and Katrin Lainpelto. (2015)

Child-friendly Justice assesses how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has affected the development of child law and the promotion of children’s rights in the past twenty-five years. Its 24 studies probe a broad variety of issues relating to children’ s contact with civil, administrative and criminal justice systems, the protection of child integrity and their right to participation, information and proper representation.

The contributors - all experts on child-related matters - represent international organisations, academia and NGOs. They provide a clear picture of the origins of the current problems in realising child-friendly justice, and they discuss possible solutions.

Series Editors

Series Editor: Said Mahmoudi (Stockholm University)
General Editor: Pernilla Leviner (Stockholm University)

Editorial Board:
Philip Alston (New York University)
Ursula Kilkelly (University College Cork) 
Yanghee Lee (Sungkyunkwan University) 
Marta Santos Pais (United Nations) 
Kirsten Sandberg (University of Oslo) 
Julia Sloth-Nielsen (University of the Western Cape and Leiden University)