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Frontiers of Children’s Rights

The 7th edition of the Frontiers of Children’s Rights Summer School 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.

Course information

The 7th edition of the Frontiers of Children's Rights Summer School will take place from 24 to 28 June 2019. 

Programme and confirmed speakers

Please find the programme here.

The programme is developed by Prof. Ton Liefaard, UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at Leiden University, and Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Professor of Children’s Rights in the Developing World at Leiden University.

We are proud to announce that the following speakers will address the audience this year:

  • 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),
  • Prof. Ton Liefaard (UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at Leiden University, Vice-Dean of Leiden Law School),
  • Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen (Professor of Children’s Rights in the Developing World at Leiden University),
  • Prof. Jaap Doek (former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child),
  • Prof. Mariëlle Bruning (Professor of Children and the Law &
    Programme Director of the LL.M. Dutch Child Law of Leiden University),
  • Cleveringa professor Corinne Dettmeijer (Leiden University, former Dutch National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children),
  • Prof. Aguiling-Pangalangan (Professor at University of the Philippines, Director UP Law Center Institute of Human Rights),
  • Prof. Simone van der Hof (Professor of Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University),
  • Dr. Katrien Klep (Assistant Professor International Children’s Rights at Leiden University),
  • Dr. Stephanie Rap (Assistant Professor Child Law at Leiden University),
  • Dr Mark Klaassen (Assistant Professor, Institute of Immigration Law, Leiden University),
  • Ms. Simona Florescu LL.M., (Phd Candidate, Child Law Department, Leiden University),
  • Ms. Tulika Bansal (Advisor at Human Rights and Business Department at the Danish Institute for Human Rights),
  • Ms. Bep van Sloten (International Alternative Care Expert),
  • Ms. La-Toya Charles (Children's Rights Advocate and Researcher at UNICEF),
  • Ms. Sarah Spronk (Lecturer on children’s right to health at Institute for Private Law, department Youth Law and Head of Political, Press & Cultural Department at the Netherlands Embassy in Argentina),
  • Ms. Joyce Brummelman (Senior Program Officer International Advocacy at Plan International), 
  • Ms. Carrie van der Kroon, (Programme Coordinator on Children's Rights and Sexual Exploitation at  DCI-ECPAT),
  • Ms. Vanessa Gree (Save the Children Nederland),
  • Mr. Tim Moltzer (Project-Manager at Warchild).

Target audience

This summer school is aimed at law students (who have completed at least three years of their degree), young 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. Last, but not least, Leiden is a charming place to stay!

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Practical information

Course fees

The tuition fee for the 2019 session is €950. We offer a special early bird fee of €800 to the participants who register before 1 March 2019. 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 is not provided but we will be happy to assist you in finding a suitable place to stay. For more information on short-stay housing, please check these suggestions for short stay housing in Leiden.

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