Children's rights, Eastern enlargement and the EU human rights regime

By Ingi Iusmen

Children's rights, Eastern enlargement and the EU human rights regime


  • Hardcover

Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0232-4
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: November 2015
  • BIC Category: Politics, Human rights, civil rights, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / European, Society & social sciences / Human rights, EU (European Union)
  • Series: European Politics


This book critically examines how and why Eastern enlargement has impacted on EU human rights policy. By drawing on the EU's intervention in human rights provision in Romania before 2007, it is demonstrated that the feedback effects of this intervention have led to the emergence of an EU child rights policy. Eastern enlargement has also raised the profile of Roma protection, international adoptions and mental health at the EU level. The impact of these developments has been further reinforced by the constitutional and legal provisions included in the Lisbon Treaty. It is argued that Eastern enlargement has led to the emergence of a more robust and well-defined EU human rights regime in terms of its scope and institutional clout.

This book makes a substantial contribution to the scholarship on EU enlargement, Europeanisation and EU human rights policy by providing empirical evidence for the emergence and persistence of EU institutional and policy structures upholding human rights.


1. The EU and human rights: historical outlook and analytical frameworks
2. EU accession conditionality and human rights in Romania
3. Child protection in Romania and EU accession
4. Policy feedback effects
5. Drivers of change, policy entrepreneurship and the institutionalisation of children's rights
6. EU human rights regime: from eastern enlargement to the Lisbon Treaty and beyond


Ingi Iusmen is a Lecturer in Governance and Policy at the University of Southampton

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