ERA Forum

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 507–521 | Cite as

The role of the EU legal and policy framework in strengthening child friendly justice

  • Rebecca O’DonnellEmail author


This article examines what a rights based approach to child friendly justice entails, in terms of both the procedures required and the substantive outcomes that such procedures should deliver. It examines the growing recognition in legislation and jurisprudence of the need for specially tailored processes for children and the practical challenges in achieving them. It explores what role EU resources may play in supporting Member States to strengthen their child friendly justice processes.


Children’s right Child-friendly justice European jurisprudence on the best interests’ principle Rights-based approach Right to be heard 

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© ERA 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.EU AffairsBrusselsBelgium

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