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date: 07 May 2021

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Significant progress has been made on implementing children’s rights and securing child well-being in the thirty years since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Yet millions of children continue to suffer children’s rights violations. Looking forward, this concluding chapter of the volume focuses on two areas: cross-cutting themes in children’s rights and selected critical issues in children’s rights. First, the chapter argues that a core group of key themes are particularly relevant to children’s rights and require greater attention: the time-sensitive nature of children’s rights, the interrelated nature of children’s rights, autonomy’s application to children, child participation, and the need to mainstream both children and children’s rights. The second part of the chapter discusses pressing issues that have and will continue to have major impact on children’s rights, including large-scale human rights crises, the private sector, technology, genetic and related scientific advances, the rise in populism, violence against children, and climate change. Through the combination of these cross-cutting themes and current issues, the chapter maps an agenda for research and advocacy that can advance children’s rights law scholarship and help foster progress toward ensuring the rights and well-being of all children.

Keywords: children’s rights, Convention on the Rights of the Child, interrelated, autonomy, participation, human rights, mainstreaming, climate change, violence, technology

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