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The negative side of government intervention on behalf of children is a primary focus of New York University Law Professor Martin Guggenheim's book What's Wrong with Children's Rights. In this interesting book, Professor Guggenheim is always instructive and often provocative. As a consequence, he has written a book worth reading.

This book review essay will begin by offering an overall assessment of the book. It will then analyze two separate components of Guggenheim's book. First, it will evaluate Guggenheim's assertion that, absent a demonstration of parental unfitness, parental decision-making regarding their children is "virtually immune from state oversight." Second, this review will explore Guggenheim's critical view of children's advocates and the role they play in securing rights for children.


Originally published by U.C. Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy in 2007.

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