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date: 15 May 2021

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A child-centered approach to children’s rights law recognizes that children shape, interpret, and practice what their rights are and that they have the right to do so. This chapter starts with critiquing essentialist tendencies that diminish children’s active engagement with their rights and discusses how the concepts of living rights and translations may help provide children the space needed to negotiate meanings and influence interpretations of their rights. The concept of living rights contends that the meaning, interpretation, and practice of children’s rights constitute a living, dynamic process. The concept of translations challenges the one-way idea of implementation to analyze what happens with children’s rights in the complex encounters of children’s and other actors’ perspectives. Taken together, living rights and translations help to understand the multiple readings of children’s rights, including those of children, at work in a given situation.

Keywords: children’s rights law, child-centered approach, living rights, translations, essentialism, implementation, children’s rights

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