The best interest of the child through the voice of the child
Mijntje ten Brummelaar, University of Groningen
Groningen 9712 TJ
Danielle Zevulun, Groningen University, the Netherlands
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Participation → Workshop B1
Wednesday, 9 Octobre 2013
9 AM - 10.30 AM
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) stipulates in Article 3(1): “The best interest of the child shall be a primary consideration in all actions concerning children.” However, due to ambiguous ways of interpreting the ‘Best interest of the child’, article 3 remains one of the most discussed articles of the CRC.
Since 2004 the research and expertise center for children and migration law (CCM) of the University of Groningen (Netherlands), is working on the interpretation of the best interest principle (Article 3 CRC) from a behavioral scientific perspective. The CCM research focuses on legal areas in which the needs of children are being affected and investigates how the participation of children may increase by giving them a voice. During the workshop we want to address that children’s voices are often not heard in legal and administrative procedures. However, without giving a voice to the child (article 12 CRC) the best interest principle is not met.
Co-Authors: The CCM researchers: Prof. dr. M.E. Kalverboer, LLM; Dr. A.E. Zijlstra; D. Zevulun, LLM, Msc.; D. Beltman, LLM
Links with background information
Kalverboer, M. E., Zijlstra, A. E., & Knorth, E. J. (2009). The developmental consequences for asylum-seeking children living with the prospect for five years or more of enforced return to their home country. European Journal of Migration and Law, 11 (1), 41-67.
Zijlstra, A. E., Kalverboer, M. E., Post, W. J., Knorth, E. J., & Ten Brummelaar, M. D. C. (2012). The need for a best interest determination in the asylum procedure for children living for five years or more in a host country (submitted).
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