Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 47, Issue 8, pp 1794–1798 | Cite as

Samantha Arnold: Children’s Rights and Refugee Law Conceptualizing Children within the Refugee Convention New York, NY: Routledge. 2018, 220pp, ISBN-13: 978-1138052710

  • Jameson ParkerEmail author
Book Review

Samantha Arnold’s book, Children’s Rights and Refugee Law, Conceptualizing Children within the Refugee Convention, begins with an introductory chapter outlining the lack of legislation targeted specifically at the protection of refugee children. Near the end of that chapter Arnold sums up the purpose of her complex research in one simple sentence reading; “Above all, this research aims to conceptualize the child refugee by identifying characteristics associated with declarations of refugee protection” (Arnold 2018, p. 10). Before this summary, however, she takes the reader through the more complex reality of the situation of child refugee laws and brings to light the basic issues in need of addressing. In 1951, the United Nations adopted the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a treaty that defines what constitutes a refugee and outlines the rights of refugees. This agreement pre-dates the world’s recognition of the need for international laws protecting children and...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indiana University BloomingtonBloomingtonUSA

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