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date: 07 May 2021

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Racialized privilege and subordination impact children’s rights in many ways. This chapter begins with an overview of critical race theory (CRT), a framework that has been used primarily to assess the roles played by race and racism in the US legal system. It then summarizes key provisions of international law that prohibit racial discrimination and protect the right of all peoples to self-determination, focusing on how these norms impact children’s rights. Noting the importance of addressing the intersection of race and rights, this chapter suggests that the application of CRT principles could enhance the recognition of children’s rights in international law.

Keywords: critical race theory, international law, human rights, children’s rights, indigenous rights, race, racism, colonialism, self-determination

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