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Children's Rights Under and the Law$
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Samuel Davis

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199795482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199795482.001.0001

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Private Law and Children’s Rights

Private Law and Children’s Rights

(p.7) 2 Private Law and Children’s Rights
Children's Rights Under and the Law

Samuel M. Davis

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the conflicting views of children and their place in the law as developed in various areas of private law long before any aspect of family law came to be measured by a constitutional yardstick. It discusses how tort law, contract law, regulation of child employment, testamentary transfer of property, and statutes of limitation relate to children. It considers the doctrine of emancipation that attempts to resolve some of the inconsistencies in the law's attitudes toward children.

Keywords:   children, private law, emancipation, tort law, contract law, child employment, transfer of property, statutes of limitation

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