The child's voice in adoption proceedings: a European perspective

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The right of the child to be heard in adoption proceedings flows directly from the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by almost every country in the world. In this paper, the interpretation of this principle across European jurisdictions will be analysed, both in terms of children who are old enough to make a determinative decision concerning their future, and those who are younger yet still possess the right to be heard. The wide variety of practices in Europe highlight the lack of progress in this field of law, which is not assisted by the conservative jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-163
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Children's Rights
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • adoption
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • evolving capacities
  • participation
  • right to be heard
  • un Convention on the Rights of the Child

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