Child Law in Ireland
An accessible analysis of the Irish child law system.
Author: Dr Lydia Bracken
Published : 30 July 2018
Child Law in Ireland provides an accessible analysis of the Irish child law system. It incorporates examination of Ireland’s international obligations in this area arising under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as well as examination of the Irish Constitution and the domestic legislative framework. The book addresses a wide range of child law topics including children’s rights; parentage; donor-assisted human reproduction and surrogacy; guardianship, custody and access; child protection; representation and participation; and education.
Child Law in Ireland examines current Irish law and addresses contemporary issues in a range of areas. This includes discussion of timely legal developments such as the Assisted Reproduction Bill 2017; the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015; the Adoption (Amendment) Act 2017; the Adoption (Information and Tracing) Bill 2016; the Children First Act 2015; and the Education (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016, among others.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: International and National Protection of Children’s Rights
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)
The European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)
Bunreacht na hÉireann
Chapter 3: Parentage
Presumptions of Maternity and Paternity
The Right to Procreate
Parentage in Donor-Assisted Human Reproduction
The Child’s Right to Identity
Parentage in Surrogacy
Chapter 4: Parental Responsibilities: Guardianship, Custody and Access
The Best Interests of the Child
The Right of the Child to be Heard
Defining Guardianship, Custody and Access
Chapter 5: Adoption
Adoption in the Best Interests of the Child
Adoption in Ireland
Types of Adoption
Who Can be Adopted?
Who Can Adopt? Eligibility and Suitability
Procedures for a Valid Adoption Order
Origin and Tracing
Chapter 6: Protecting Children from Harm
Taking Children into Care
Overview of Ireland’s System of Child Protection
Chapter 7: Representation and Participation
Article 12 UNCRC
Lundy Model of Participation
Hearing the Voice of the Child
Infrastructural Supports: Complaints Procedures
Beyond Participation: Child-friendly Judgments
Chapter 8: Education
The Irish Legal Framework
School Admissions Policies
Chapter 9: Conclusion
About the Author
Dr Lydia Bracken is a lecturer at the School of Law, University of Limerick. She researches in the areas of child and family law, with a particular focus on the legal recognition of “non-traditional” families. Dr Bracken has published her research in national and international journals including the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, International Journal of Children’s Rights, European Journal of Health Law, International Family Law and the Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly. Dr Bracken lectures in child law and clinical legal skills at undergraduate level and lectures in Advanced Family Law at postgraduate level.
Who Should Buy This Book?
Child Law in Ireland is an indispensable text for those who work with, or on behalf of, children and young people and for those studying the operation of Ireland’s child law system, including practising lawyers and students of child and family law.