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The Potential Value of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in Pediatric Bioethics Settings

The Potential Value of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in Pediatric Bioethics Settings
The Potential Value of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in Pediatric Bioethics Settings
This article provides support for the use of a particular international human rights law document, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), in contemporary pediatric bioethics practice without relying on the legally binding force of the document. It first demonstrates that the CRC's core commitments and values substantially overlap with the core commitments and values of mainstream bioethics and with the laws of many domestic jurisdictions where mainstream bioethics are currently practiced. It then explores some implications of this overlap. For instance, the substantial international human rights law scholarship on how to understand these commitments and values can be helpful in suggesting ways to operationalize them in domestic bioethics practice and can offer insightful, internationally generated ethical perspectives that may not have been considered. The article also argues that the CRC can help health-care organizations develop policies consistent with the best interests of children and that the CRC can serve as a common language of values for transnational health-care collaborations. However, as a final case discussion demonstrates, whatever the merits of the CRC, one may face practical difficulties in trying to use it.
Bioethics, Pediatric Bioethics, International Law, Rights of the Child
290-305
Da Silva, Michael
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Lew, Cheryl
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Lundy, Laura
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Lang, Kelli
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Melamed, Irene
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Da Silva, Michael
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Lang, Kelli
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Da Silva, Michael, Lew, Cheryl, Lundy, Laura, Lang, Kelli, Melamed, Irene and Zlotnik Shaul, Randi (2015) The Potential Value of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child in Pediatric Bioethics Settings. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine, 58 (3), 290-305. (doi:10.1353/pbm.2016.0012).

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Abstract

This article provides support for the use of a particular international human rights law document, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), in contemporary pediatric bioethics practice without relying on the legally binding force of the document. It first demonstrates that the CRC's core commitments and values substantially overlap with the core commitments and values of mainstream bioethics and with the laws of many domestic jurisdictions where mainstream bioethics are currently practiced. It then explores some implications of this overlap. For instance, the substantial international human rights law scholarship on how to understand these commitments and values can be helpful in suggesting ways to operationalize them in domestic bioethics practice and can offer insightful, internationally generated ethical perspectives that may not have been considered. The article also argues that the CRC can help health-care organizations develop policies consistent with the best interests of children and that the CRC can serve as a common language of values for transnational health-care collaborations. However, as a final case discussion demonstrates, whatever the merits of the CRC, one may face practical difficulties in trying to use it.

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Published date: 1 June 2015
Additional Information: © 2016 by Johns Hopkins University Press
Keywords: Bioethics, Pediatric Bioethics, International Law, Rights of the Child

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Local EPrints ID: 469870
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/469870
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Date deposited: 27 Sep 2022 17:09
Last modified: 27 Sep 2022 17:09

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Author: Michael Da Silva
Author: Cheryl Lew
Author: Laura Lundy
Author: Kelli Lang
Author: Irene Melamed
Author: Randi Zlotnik Shaul

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