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The Right Of The Child To Be Heard

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Article 12 of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child reflects the general view of children as rights-bearing individuals. The range of civil, economic, political, social, and cultural rights enunciated in the Convention is fueled by the inclusion of Article 12, which provides children a meaningful opportunity to participate in all matters affecting them. This chapter discusses the impact that Article 12 would have on current American law, and examines what the article requires and, as importantly, what it leaves open to interpretation. It then presents a brief discussion of the general trends in U.S. law regarding the right of the child to be heard. Article 12 addresses the right of the child to be heard, both in terms of expressing views freely and in being given the opportunity to be heard in any judicial and administrative proceeding affecting the child.

Keywords: American law; Article 12; Child; Heard; Rights of the Child; U.N. Convention



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