Problematising Children’s Rights – Insights from Israel/Palestine

Event date
7 April 2022
Event time
12:30 - 13:45
Oxford week
HT 12

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This event will run as a Zoom webinar. To attend, register above. Please note that this event may be recorded, with the exception of any live audience questions.

In this talk, Dr Hedi Viterbo will discuss his new book, Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine (CUP, 2021). The book radically challenges dominant assumptions about children’s rights and child law, both in and beyond the Israel/Palestine context. As this study reveals, Israel, rather than disregarding international legal and human rights norms concerning children, has used these norms to hone and legitimise its violence against Palestinians. Also exposed is the complicity of human rights actors in this situation, due to their problematic conceptions of childhood, their uncritical embrace of international law, their use of a mental health rhetoric, and their recurring emulation of Israel’s security discourse. The book examines how, and to what effect, both the state and its critics manufacture, shape, and weaponise the categories ‘child’ and ‘adult.’ Bridging disciplinary divides, this study analyses hundreds of previously unexamined sources, many of which are not publicly available.

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