volume 35, issue 4, P50-62 2011
DOI: 10.1177/030857591103500406
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Abstract: In the preceding article, Peter Selman explores public and state responses to intercountry adoption in the immediate aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. Miranda Davies expands on this topic with a critique of the concept of the ‘best interests of the child’ as the legislative cornerstone governing intercountry adoption. Although the principle recognises children as having ‘agency’, the universality to which it aspires fails to account for the ambiguities involved in its application. This dilemma is exemplified…

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