A Review of What's Wrong with Children's Rights: Still a 'Slogan in Search of Definition'

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Justine A. Dunlap

University of Massachusetts School of Law

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

The negative side of government intervention on behalf of children is a primary focus of New York University Law Professor Martin Guggenheim's book 'What's Wrong with Children's Rights'. In this interesting book, Professor Guggenheim is always instructive and often provocative. As a consequence, he has written a book worth reading. This book review essay will begin by offering an overall assessment of the book. It will then analyze two separate components of Guggenheim's book. First, it will evaluate Guggenheim's assertion that, absent a demonstration of parental unfitness, parental decision-making regarding their children is "virtually immune from state oversight." Second, this review will explore Guggenheim's critical view of children's advocates and the role they play in securing rights for children.

Keywords: family law

Suggested Citation

Dunlap, Justine A., A Review of What's Wrong with Children's Rights: Still a 'Slogan in Search of Definition' (2007). UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law and Policy, Vol. 11, No. 1, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2455811 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2455811

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