Sonja Grover is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University. She has published extensively in the area of international law and human rights.

(See my biography page for more information).


Publications:
Normalizing Social Inequity through High Stakes Educational Testing: The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test as a Canadian Case Example

This paper discusses how standardized tests as a prerequisite to high school graduation perpetuate social inequity by creating a barrier to education for disadvantaged youth.

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The Child as Human Rights Defender: Implications for Peace Education

This paper discusses children as human rights defenders and the implications for peace curricula.

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The Place of Empathy in Social Science Research

This paper describes the skeptical response of a majority of a PhD class to a documentary film concerning child soldiers. The educational implications are discussed.

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Legal Theory as Ethical Principle in Children's Rights: On the Need for a Universal Human Rights Perspective

This paper describes the manner in which particular psychological and political perspectives have unduly influenced legal theory underlying recent landmark Canadian judicial decisions which affect children's rights.

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Age Discrimination and the Disabled Child in the Educational Context: A Canadian Court Case Example

This paper examines the undermining of autistic school aged children's participation rights in Ontario and the issue of age discrimination as it relates to disabled children.

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Co-opting Children’s Rights Language: An Example Concerning the Topic of Sexual Exploitation of Adolescents

This paper illustrates the use of language to create a social reality in which the adolscent's protection of the person rights are not sufficiently protected.

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Lay Perceptions of the Link Between Self-Advocacy and Good Mental Health

This paper explores the social constructivist aspects of the notion of ‘clinical depression’ and how that construction might impact the individual’s self-perceived potential for self-advocacy.

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Exploring the Angst of Some Academic Feminists Concerning Children’s Rights

This paper examines and challenges feminist critiques of the children's human rights movement including the claim that children's issues inevitably displace women's rights issues.

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Child Victims of International Crimes as “Victim Participants” at the International Criminal Court at The Hague: The Psychological Implications of their Search for Justice

This paper explores the therapeutic benefits for child victims of pursuing judicial remedies for international crimes perpetrated against children

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The Lebensborn Children of Norway and the Silencing of their Voices by an International Court: An Analysis of the 2007 European Court of Human Rights Decision in Werner Hermann Thiermann and others v. Norway

A European Court of Human Rights case concerning war children born of Nazi fathers and Norwegian mothers during WWII elucidates how deeply held prejudices may affect international justice.

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