1. Mhairi Cowden (2012). A Need is Not a Right. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (3):359-362.
    (2012). A need is not a right. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy: Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 359-362. doi: 10.1080/13698230.2012.679423.
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  2. Mhairi Cowden (2012). Capacity, Claims and Children's Rights. Contemporary Political Theory 11 (4):362-380.
    Children are often denied rights on the basis of their incompetence. A theory of rights for children is essential for consideration of the child's political status, yet the debate surrounding children's rights has been characterised by the divisive concept of ‘capacity’ typified in the two leading rights theory, Interest Theory and Will Theory. This article will provide a thorough analysis of the relationship between capacity, competence and rights. Although Interest Theory has successfully dealt with the competence requirement for being a (...)
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  3. Mhairi Cowden (2012). What's Love Got to Do with It? Why a Child Does Not Have a Right to Be Loved. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 15 (3):325-345.
    It is often stated in international and domestic legal documents that children have a right to be loved. Yet there is very little explanation of why this right exists or what it entails. Matthew Liao has recently sought to provide such an explanation by arguing that children have a right to be loved as a human right. I will examine Liao?s explanation and in turn argue that children do not have a right to be loved. The first part of the (...)
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