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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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“Life, Liberty and Property”

“Life, Liberty and Property”

The Supreme Court and Children’s Rights

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Children's Rights Under and the Law

Samuel M. Davis

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents Supreme Court decisions in cases touching on children's rights. It begins in 1923 when the Supreme Court decided the case of Meyer v. Nebraska and culminates in the Court's decision in Morse v. Frederick in 2007. The membership—and therefore the philosophy and jurisprudence—of the Court has changed considerably since 1923. Some have argued that over the years the Court has failed to develop a consistent theory of children's rights. One clear sign of the Court's failure is the fact that many of its decisions were very narrow in scope and application, evidencing the absence of any cohesive underlying policy base.

Keywords:   Supreme Court, children's rights, case law, Meyer v. Nebraska, Morse v. Frederick

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