Children's rights
(1,650 words)

1. Concept

By children’s rights we mean the rights of the child in relation to its parents and other persons responsible for its care and upbringing (cf. Guardianship). With regard to children’s rights in relation to their parents the term is the mirror image ofparental rights and obligations. The rights of the child in the modern period depend in many cases on his or her birth to a married or an unmarried couple. The following discussion rela…

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Scholz-Löhnig, Cordula, “Children's rights”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160907

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