Child Prisoners, Human Rights and Human Rights Activism: Beyond 'Emergency' and 'Exceptionality' - An Australian case study

Bessant, J and Watts, R 2018, 'Child Prisoners, Human Rights and Human Rights Activism: Beyond 'Emergency' and 'Exceptionality' - An Australian case study' in Gabriel Blouin-Genest, Marie-Christine Doran, Sylvie Paquerot (ed.) Human Rights as Battlefields: Changing Practices and Contestations Human Rights Interventions, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 101-127.


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Title Child Prisoners, Human Rights and Human Rights Activism: Beyond 'Emergency' and 'Exceptionality' - An Australian case study
Author(s) Bessant, J
Watts, R
Year 2018
Title of book Human Rights as Battlefields: Changing Practices and Contestations Human Rights Interventions
Publisher Springer Nature Switzerland AG
Place of publication Cham, Switzerland
Editor(s) Gabriel Blouin-Genest, Marie-Christine Doran, Sylvie Paquerot
Start page 101
End page 127
Subjects Sociology not elsewhere classified
Summary The provides a political analysis of the implementation of human rights and the debate about power relations within the field. We trace the process by which political and legal systems may converge despite their temporary opposition in human rights cases. By means of our analysis of the process by which spaces of exceptionality are used by the legal system to challenge unfair and discriminatory political decisions toward poor and Indigenous child prisoners in Australia, the authors contend that the founding principle of popular sovereignty is excluded from both the legal and political systems when their disputes are resolved in spaces of exceptionality.
Copyright notice © The Author(s) 2019
Keyword(s) human right
youth justice
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-3-319-91770-2_6
ISBN 9783319917696
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