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The Right of Children to be Heard: Children's rights to have their views taken into account and to participate in legal and administrative proceedings


  • Daniel O'Donnell


This paper addresses the right of children to be heard in any judicial or administrative proceeding affecting them. It introduces the subject based on examples from the laws and practices of 52 countries around the world. This paper is addressed primarily to child rights advocates, researchers, legal practitioners and other professionals working in the area of children and the law. Further research is needed to document good practices and to complement this introductory, global overview with studies focusing in more detail on different regions or legal traditions and specific types of proceedings.

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  • Daniel O'Donnell, 2009. "The Right of Children to be Heard: Children's rights to have their views taken into account and to participate in legal and administrative proceedings," Papers inwopa09/56, Innocenti Working Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucf:inwopa:inwopa09/56

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    children's opinion; children's participation; judicial system; right to be heard;

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