Children’s Rights in Health Care

Subsequent to the University of Groningen’s Honours College Program, entitled Children’s Rights in Health Care, the need to publish the lecture contributions to this Program was generally expressed and confirmed by its participants. The Program, successfully organized in recent years, has dealt with many issues concerning the legal position of minor persons – born and unborn – in the context of health care, especially medical care. During the Program leading experts in the fields of law, ethics medicine, biology, psychology and institutions such as the Dutch Child & Hospital Foundation, the Child Protection Board, ‘Save the Children’ and UNICEF have shared their views on issues relating to pediatric treatment, preventive care and predictive medicine, medical research involving minor subjects, incompetence and child autonomy, a child’s psychological development, parental responsibility, etcetera. The volume Children’s Rights in Health Care, edited by Dr. Jozef Dorscheidt and Prof.dr. Jaap Doek, is currently under production and will contain several analyses of health rights issues relating to children. Among the book contributions is a chapter by Dr. Annemiek van Dijke and Dr. Philip Veerman addressing the rights of children whose parents have a mental disorder, including addiction. The book will be published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers / Brill and is expected to be available early 2018.

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