Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
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The International Encyclopedia of Ethics
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Archard, D. 2013. Children's Rights. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .
- Published Online: 1 FEB 2013
Any discussion of children's rights must ask whether children do have rights and, if they do, what rights they have. It should at the outset acknowledge the basic distinction between moral and legal or positive rights (see Rights). The latter are those rights which, as a matter of fact, have been accorded to persons in law or by existing institutional rules; the former are those rights whose ascription to individuals can be morally justified. Clearly moral rights need not be positively recognized, and, conversely, those rights that individuals are given in law may lack any moral warrant.
- twentieth century;
- practical (applied) ethics;