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27 Int'l J. Child. Rts. 1 (2019)

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 BRILL                        27 (2019) 1-2
NIJHOFF                                                        brill.com/chil


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption on the United Nations
Convention  on the Rights of the Child. The challenges facing children around
the world are not only widespread and significant but crying out for robust
research which analyses and elucidates the Convention and children's experi-
ence of their rights. This issue contains articles that explore two particularly
egregious breaches of children's rights. Rose Barrett opens the issue with a ro-
bust moral and legal critique of the use of lethal force against child soldiers,
arguing that targeting them in conflict wrongly assumes that they are partici-
pating voluntarily and breaches their right to life. Leyla Obreja explores legal
protections of children in situations of intimate partner violence, an experi-
ence that is all too common for children yet one where their experiences and
rights are often overshadowed by those of adults.
   It is also ten years since the Committee on the Rights of the Child published
General Comment   No. 12 on the Child's Right to be Heard. This authoritative
guidance reinforces the significance of Article 12 of the Convention for the re-
alization of all other children's human rights. It also emphasizes the need for
research that engages with children themselves as key meaning makers in their
own  lives. This issue of IJCR is replete with studies that focus on the realities
of children's right to be heard across continents and contexts. The disciplinary
perspectives and areas of children's lives explored in these papers are very dif-
ferent (they cover education, children's services and the courts). Yet, common
messages  emerge about the struggle that children still face in attempting to
both express their views and have them taken seriously. That said, the articles
in this issue suggest that, ten years on, there is room for optimism. The papers
highlight laws and practices across the world that enrich our knowledge and
understanding  of Article 12 and participation generally: see, for instance the
innovative model of Voice Inclusive Practice proposed by Sargeant and Gillett-
Swan  and the views of indigenous children in Australia about how govern-
ments should engage with them captured by Holly Doel-Mackaway.
   From a research perspective, it is gratifying to see the rich range of meth-
odological approaches adopted across the various studies. From comparative

@ KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2019  DOI 10.1163/15718182-02701010

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