Human Rights

The United States is the single remaining United Nations (UN) member state that has not ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the most important international human rights treaty governing children’s rights. This Note focuses on a key objection to U.S. ratification of the CRC: the fear that its emphasis on children’s rights threatens parents’ rights under U.S. law. This Note uses Article 12 of the CRC, which recognizes...

In popular, scholarly, and legal discourse, psychological trauma is an experience that belongs to victims. While we expect victims of crimes to suffer trauma, we never ask whether perpetrators likewise experience those same crimes as trauma. Indeed, if we consider trauma in the perpetration of a crime at all, it is usually to inquire whether a terrible experience earlier...