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Frontiers of Children’s Rights

THE FRONTIERS OF CHILDREN'S RIGHTS SUMMER SCHOOL 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE SPREAD OF THE CORONA VIRUS. INFORMATION ABOUT THE NEXT EDITION OF THE SUMMER SCHOOL (PRESUMABLY TAKING PLACE IN THE SUMMER OF 2021) WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN DUE COURSE.

Course information

The 8th edition of the Frontiers of Children's Rights Summer School will take place from 29 June to 3 July 2020 in Leiden and The Hague. It takes a close look at contemporary children’s rights issues from a legal perspective, accompanied by reflections from other academic disciplines, legal systems, local perceptions and realities.

Programme and confirmed speakers

The programme is being developed by Prof. Ton Liefaard, UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights and Vice-Dean of Leiden Law School (Leiden University), and Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Professor of Children’s Rights in the Developing World at Leiden University. Please find the tentative programme here.

We are proud to announce that Prof. Benyam Dawit Mezmur (Associate Professor of Law at the University of the Western Cape, member and former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, member and former chair of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child) will deliver the key note speech this year.

Among the other speakers are Prof. Dr. Ton Liefaard, Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Prof. Jaap Doek (former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child), Prof. Simone van der Hof (Professor of Law and Digital Technologies, Leiden University), Prof. Peter Rodrigues (Professor of Immigration Law, Leiden University), Dr. Katrien Klep (Assistant Professor International Children’s Rights, Leiden University), Dr. Meda Couzens (Lecturer Public International Law, University of Sydney), Dr. Stephanie Rap (Assistant Professor, Leiden University), Dr. Yannick van den Brink (Associate Professor, Leiden University), Dr. Luuk Esser (Assistant Professor Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Leiden University), Ms. Kartica van der Zon (Phd Candidate, Leiden University), Ms. Bep van Sloten (International Alternative Care Expert) and Ms. Tulika Bansal (Advisor Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights).

Target audience

This summer school is aimed at law students (who have completed at least three years of their degree), graduates and professionals with a background in law. Applicants with a background in other relevant disciplines that are relevant to the theme of the summer school will be considered as well. 

Academic content

Frontiers of Children’s Rights provides a comprehensive children’s rights course, which takes a close look at contemporary children’s rights issues from a legal perspective accompanied by reflections from other academic disciplines, legal systems, local perceptions and realities. Themes include: juvenile justice, alternative care, protection and participation of children in (armed) conflict, emerging global issues and children's rights and digital technologies.

Class size

To ensure active participation and exchange with teaching staff and fellow participants, a maximum of 40 participants will be admitted to this course.

Why this Summer School?

This course offers a unique opportunity to learn from leading academics and experts in the field of children’s rights and international law. The lectures and workshops are combined with a number of educational field trips; you will visit an NGO and the visit to the International Criminal Court in The Hague will introduce you to the law and practice of international criminal justice. The course also offers plenty of opportunities to network with fellow students and practitioners from all over the world.

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Practical information

Course fees

The tuition fee is €950. We offer an early bird fee of €800 to the participants who register before 1 March 2020. Leiden University students and students from  partner universities also pay a reduced fee of €800. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.

What's included

The fee includes access to the course materials, a certificate of participation, visits, lunches and refreshments on class days, a course dinner and a drinks reception.

Housing

Housing is not provided but we will be happy to assist you in finding a suitable place to stay.

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