The debate around the need for an international convention on the rights of older persons

Israel Doron, Itai Apter

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In recent years, there has been a growing interest and debate around the question, whether there is a need for an international convention on the rights of older persons. The debate around this question is far from simple or consensual. Although there are strong voices in favor, there are also strong arguments against. Moreover, the mere fact that a legal gap exists at the international level is not a sufficient reason for the advancement of a new convention. Hence, the goal of this article will be not only to provide a detailed analysis of the arguments in support and against such a convention but also to propose some specific recommendations for the advancement of such a convention in the future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-593
Number of pages8
JournalThe Gerontologist
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The research work for this article was partially funded by “Age Concern England.”


  • Elder law
  • International issues
  • Law and aging
  • Legal rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Gerontology

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