The rationale for a Convention on the Rights of Young People has been increasingly discussed within the youth rights discourse in Europe, questioning the possibility of binding and non-binding instruments to ensure that young people can adequately access their rights. In this article we summarise some arguments in favour and against a dedicated youth rights convention. What do you think, should there be a Convention on the Rights of Young People?
The arguments stem from a 2011 Youth Rights Symposium that aimed to highlight the current challenges for young people in accessing their rights, to review the existing framework for ensuring the rights of young people and to critically engage with the recent debates on the need to increase young people’s access to their rights. Read the full report of the symposium.
Throughout and beyond the Youth Rights Symposium, the question of a youth rights convention has been debated across and beyond Europe, with several overarching questions emerging:
Key arguments for a Youth Rights Convention include:
Key arguments against a Youth Rights Convention include:
Read the full report of the Youth Rights Symposium.