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Whether children should have rights, what it means to attribute rights to them, and which rights—if any—are appropriate for children are contentious questions among philosophers who write on this topic. An easy response is that children have their rights specified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), on the grounds presented in the convention and that a child is any person younger than 18 years, except where national law stipulates otherwise. This easy response sidesteps persistent lines of debate about matters such as the purpose and meaning of rights, the moral status of children, and the relationship between legal (or positive) rights and moral (or fundamental) rights. Children do have legal rights; they have them by virtue of international ...

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