In David Archard & Colin M. [eds] Macleod (eds.), The Moral and Political Status of Children. Oxford University Press (2003)

Samantha Brennan
University of Guelph
The often‐posed dichotomy between the interest and choice theory of rights can obfuscate a proper understanding of children's rights. We need a gradualist model in which the grounds for attributing rights to a being change in response to the development of autonomy. Rights for children initially function to protect their interests but, as they develop into full‐fledged autonomous choosers, rights function to ensure that their choices, even those that do not serve their welfare, are respected.
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