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Poverty and Children’s Rights

Nolan, Aoife


Professor of International Human Rights Law


Jonathan Todres

Shani M. King


This chapter addresses the ever-deepening relationship between child poverty and child rights. In doing so, it takes as its central focus the best known and most important child rights instrument, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The chapter opens with a justification of why, given the range of different approaches available to and adopted by anti-poverty practitioners and scholars, child rights is an appropriate lens through which to consider child poverty. The chapter then moves on to consider the relationship between the CRC and child poverty, focusing both on the Convention itself and on how that instrument has been interpreted by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC Committee) when considering causes and impacts of, and responses to, child poverty. In doing so, the chapter provides a critical analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the current international child rights framework in terms of its ability to address the complex social global challenge of child poverty. It concludes with a consideration of a key contemporary development in terms of child poverty that presents both risks and opportunities in child rights terms: the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.


Nolan, A. (2020). Poverty and Children’s Rights. In J. Todres, & S. M. King (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Children's Rights Law (404-425). Oxford: Oxford University Press (OUP).

Online Publication Date May 7, 2020
Publication Date 2020
Deposit Date Jan 24, 2023
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Pages 404-425
Book Title The Oxford Handbook of Children's Rights Law
Chapter Number 20
ISBN 9780190097608
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