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Living rights: An interdisiciplinary approach to international translations of children’s rights

Gesuchsteller/in Hanson Karl
Nummer 127311
Förderungsinstrument Interdisziplinäre Projekte
Forschungseinrichtung Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch
Hochschule Institut Universitaire Kurt Bösch - IUKB
Hauptdisziplin Rechtswissenschaften
Beginn/Ende 01.02.2010 - 31.07.2012
Bewilligter Betrag 269'688.00
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Alle Disziplinen (3)

Disziplin
Rechtswissenschaften
Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaften
Human- und Wirtschaftsgeografie, Humanökologie

Keywords (5)

Children's rights; Living rights; Translations; Interdisiciplinarity; Bottom-up approaches to human rights

Lay Summary (Englisch)

Lead
Lay summary
LeadThere is growing attention for children's own conceptualisations of their rights, or "living rights". Hence not only top-down implementations of international children's rights but also translations of children's living rights to the international level need to be investigated.SummaryA non-essentialist approach to children's rights acknowledges that they can be made to carry many, even contradictory meanings. By providing an overview of the priorities on the international children's rights agenda over the last twenty years, concurring and separate trends within the children's rights field become visible. Of particular relevance is how children's own conceptualisations of their rights, phrased as living rights, have been addressed. How much space is available, within the international translation process, not only for top down but also for bottom-up understandings of children's rights?AimThe research aims to gain a better insight into the processes of prioritisation in children's rights advocacy at the international level. Within these processes, it wishes to study the extent to which there is also space for taking into account children's own conceptualisations of their rights ('living rights') and hence to foreground the positive aspects of children's struggles for social justice.SignificanceBesides the production of data on international priorities in children's rights, which are actually lacking, the results of the research will contribute to theorising the children's rights field by taking into account translations of both top down approaches and children's own conceptualisations of their rights. In this sense, the project is expected to contribute to developing a more profound interdisciplinary understanding of children's rights as a complex social field, which is important not only for the research community but also for international monitoring bodies, policy makers, child rights advocates and development workers.
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Verantw. Gesuchsteller/in und weitere Gesuchstellende

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Publikationen

Publikation
Living rights, social justice, translations
(2013), Living rights, social justice, translations, 3-25.
Reconceptualizing Children’s Rights in International Development. Living Rights, Social Justice, Translations
Reconceptualizing Children’s Rights in International Development. Living Rights, Social Justice, Translations, (2013), Reconceptualizing Children’s Rights in International Development. Living Rights, Social Justice, Translations.
The rise and fall of icons of 'stolen childhood' since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
(2013), The rise and fall of icons of 'stolen childhood' since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, in Childhood, Online version, 1.
‘Living Rights’ ou l’enfant sujet de droits: la traduction de la compréhension de leurs droits par les enfants eux-mêmes à l’attention de la communauté internationale
(2012), ‘Living Rights’ ou l’enfant sujet de droits: la traduction de la compréhension de leurs droits par les enfants eux-mêmes à l’attention de la communauté internationale, 81-101.
Les paradoxes de l'institutionalisation. Un regard rétrospectif sur deux décennies de plaidoyer international pour les droits de l'enfant
(2012), Les paradoxes de l'institutionalisation. Un regard rétrospectif sur deux décennies de plaidoyer international pour les droits de l'enfant, in Journal du Droit des Jeunes, 320, 30-36.
International children's rights and armed conflict
(2011), International children's rights and armed conflict, in Human Rights and International Legal Discourse, 5(1), 40-62.

Wissenschaftliche Veranstaltungen

Aktiver Beitrag

Titel Art des Beitrags Titel des Artikels oder Beitrages Datum Ort Beteiligte Personen
Les défis de la complexité : interdisciplinarité et méthodes mixtes Einzelvortrag 29.11.2011 Université de Lausanne, Suisse, Schweiz Poretti Michele;
Dalla CRC ad oggi. Le priorità della promozione internazionale dei diritti del bambino Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 25.11.2011 University of Modena, Italy, Italien Poretti Michele;
Conference Opportunities and Challenges: Implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 01.06.2011 Queen’s University, Belfast, UK, Grossbritannien und Nordirland Hanson Karl; Poretti Michele;
Ho fiducia in loro” – Il diritto di essere ascoltati e di partecipare nell’intreccio delle generazioni. Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 31.05.2011 Università degli Studi di Padova, Italien Hanson Karl;
Conference Multiple Childhoods/Multidisciplinary perspectives. Interrogating normativity in childhood studies Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 19.05.2011 Rutgers University, Camden, NJ, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika Hanson Karl; Poretti Michele;
Research Forum for the Child Einzelvortrag 15.04.2011 Queen’s University Belfast, UK, Grossbritannien und Nordirland Darbellay Frédéric;
Challenges and Issues in Child Law Scholarship Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 09.03.2011 University College Cork, Irland Hanson Karl;
Colloque Politiques internationales et attentes locales en éducation dans les pays en développement : Quelles articulations? Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 03.03.2011 Université Paris Descartes, Paris, Frankreich Hanson Karl;
Expert meeting: International law on children and armed conflict: the interface between these various normative frameworks Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 26.11.2010 University of Antwerp, Belgien Hanson Karl;
Conference Childhood and Youth in Transition Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 08.07.2010 University of Sheffield, Grossbritannien und Nordirland Poretti Michele; Hanson Karl;
Current Legal Issues Colloquium 2010 on Law and Childhood Studies Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 05.07.2010 University College London (UCL), Grossbritannien und Nordirland Darbellay Frédéric; Hanson Karl;
University Conference Critical Appraisals of Global Governance Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 10.06.2010 University of Lucerne, Institute of Political Sciences, Schweiz Hanson Karl; Poretti Michele; Darbellay Frédéric;
XIIe colloque interdisciplinaire sur les droits de l’homme - L'enfant témoin et sujet: Les droits culturels de l'enfant Vortrag im Rahmen einer Tagung 29.04.2010 Université de Fribourg, Schweiz Hanson Karl; Poretti Michele;


Selber organisiert

Titel Datum Ort
Second research meeting of the Interdisciplinary steering group FNS Research project 'Living Rights/Translations' 20.06.2011 IUKB Sion, Schweiz
First research meeting of the Interdisciplinary steering group FNS Research project 'Living Rights/Translations' 28.06.2010 IUKB Sion, Schweiz

Veranstaltungen zum Wissenstransfer

Aktiver Beitrag

Titel Art des Beitrags Titel des Artikels oder Beitrages Datum Ort Beteiligte Personen
Translating children’s rights on the international agenda. Advocacy priorities between 1989 and 2009. Presentation to UNICEF Headquarters 22.06.2012 Genève, Schweiz
Translating children’s rights on the international agenda. The priorities of international child rights advocacy between 1989 and 2009. Presentation to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child 19.06.2012 OHCHR Geneva, Schweiz
Reconceptualising international children’s rights, illustrated by norms regarding children affected by armed conflict. ‘Human Rights in Developing Countries’, Master Conflict and Development 14.05.2012 Ghent University, Belgien
Beyond strategic intentions. The shifting priorities of international children’s rights advocacy and of Defence for Children's International Secretariat 05.03.2012 Genève, Schweiz
De la CDE à aujourd’hui. Les priorités de la promotion internationale des droits de l’enfant. Master Interdisciplinaire en Droits de l’Enfant 29.02.2012 IUKB Sion, Schweiz
Living Rights: An interdisciplinary approach to international translations of children’s rights. Master of Advanced Studies in Children’s Rights 27.05.2011 IUKB Sion and University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Schweiz
Living Rights: An Interdisciplinary approach to international translations of children’s rights 16.05.2011 City University of New York, Graduate Centre, United States, Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika
Droits vivants/traductions: deux décennies de promotion internationale des droits de l’enfant. Master Interdisciplinaire en Droits de l’Enfant 20.04.2011 IUKB Sion, Schweiz
Living Rights en Translations: Implementatie van kinderrechten in (minstens) twee richtingen. Presentation of the theoretical framework and preliminary results of the research project Living Rights/Translations. 25.03.2011 Bruxelles, Belgien


Kommunikation mit der Öffentlichkeit

Kommunikation Titel Medien Ort Jahr
Medienarbeit: Printmedien, Online-Medien Are we losing sight of street children? The Guardian International 2013

Verbundene Projekte

Nummer Titel Start Förderungsinstrument
124243 Living Rights - Theorizing children's rights in international development 01.01.2009 Wissenschaftliche Tagungen
156831 Living Rights in Translation. An interdisciplinary approach of working children's rights 01.03.2015 Resource not found: '7204410d-bbaa-423c-a4ce-75a0fff3121b'
136163 Independent Children's Rights Institutions: Does One Size Fit All? 01.03.2011 Resource not found: '228f486d-c393-4df7-b610-84193c83958f'

Abstract

The research project aims to gain a better insight into the processes of prioritisation in children’s rights advocacy at the international level. Within these processes, it wishes to study the extent to which there is also space for taking into account children’s own conceptualisations of their rights (‘living rights’). The research hence wishes to move beyond the widely decried problem of children’s rights implementation by turning the issue on its head and foregrounding that international law does not by itself nor necessarily coincide with struggles for social justice. Rejecting the idea that international human rights law must be imposed as if it were the embodiment of justice in an evil world, the research project intends to foreground the positive aspects of children’s struggles for social justice, and explore the existing space for acknowledging children’s living rights in the translation process at the level of international organizations.The empirical part will engage with collection, treatment and cross-analysis of data concerning priorities on the international children’s rights agenda of the UN and international NGOs. The project wants to understand how particular themes have emerged, which actors have been particularly influential in pushing them on the agenda and the role of the targeted population (children, caretakers and local representatives of children’s interests) therein. Have the themes emerged in response to concerns and action from below and how have they been translated into international law and policy? Why have themes lost their appeal and been displaced by others on the agenda? Which international organisations were involved and how were the interests of the target population, of local representatives and authorities been balanced with those of global key players such as UN bodies and international NGOs?Based on findings from the first part as well as on earlier findings on refractions and children’s living rights, the theoretical part will explore available space for children’s living rights in the translation process. Very little is known about what happens during the translation process, in both its temporal and spatial dimensions, understood as the power/knowledge game involving top down and reverse translations. Two key issues in theorizations of children’s rights will be addressed. A first issue deals with how children’s conceptualisations of their rights can be translated in international legal discourse on children’s human rights; a second issue deals with spaces available for ‘giving voice’ to children’s living rights. The concept “translations” is proposed as a rallying concept for fostering the interdisciplinary dialogue between socio-legal studies, communication sciences, geography, anthropology, sociology, psychology and political sciences. The dialogue of the findings should lead to better insights of the translation processes and in particular for identifying the growing availability of taking into account ‘reverse translations’ in discourse and practice. We thereby contend that the notions ‘living rights’ and ‘translations’ have stronger explanatory power compared to the notions of ‘children’s participation’ and ‘power’ to capture children’s struggles for social justice within a globalised children’s rights discourse. This theory-developing part will in particular rely on interdisciplinary concepts of complexity, circularity and interrelations.
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