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28 Int'l J. Child. Rts. 1 (2020)

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 BRILL                       28 (2020) 1-13
 NIJHOFF                                                      brillcom/chil


The   Field   of Children's Rights: Taking Stock,

Travelling Forward

The 3oth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
was a time for many in the field to take stock. Most of that focus was on the
achievements or otherwise of the Convention itself. We chose to do something
different. We chose to take stock of the field of research itself, drawing on some
core themes as examples, and to interrogate what has been referred to as the
'tendency towards consensus-thinking surrounding the UNCRC'  (Quenner-
stedt, Robinson and I'Anson, 2018: 38). The papers featured in this special issue
were initially presented at a conference in London in June 2019, sponsored by
the Journal and the University of Liverpool. Each paper was prepared by estab-
lished scholars in the field working in partnership with early career scholars.
They were asked to reflect on key themes, methodological and theoretical in-
novations and, indeed, gaps in different areas of children's rights, including
youth justice, migration, poverty and education. Contributors also reflected on
advancements  in empirical and conceptual research relating to child partici-
pation, on theories of children's rights and on mechanisms for incorporation
of the UNCRC into national law. In doing so, our aim was to stimulate critical
reflection on the extent to which the UNCRC has impacted on research, and to
identify priorities for future research.
  We  recognise that the suggestions raised in this collection of papers may
not be the only important issues going forward, but collectively they provide
crosscutting insights into the state of research in our field. For example, one
pressing issue that arose during the conference delegates' discussion of the pa-
pers is the extent to which our efforts to take stock sufficiently represent and,
indeed, support global research themes and practices. It has not escaped our
attention that all but two of the contributors to our international conference
in June and to this special issue are from Western Europe. This prompts some

© KONINKLIJKE BRILL NV, LEIDEN, 2020 1 DOI:10.1163/15718182-02801010

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