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Frontiers of Children’s Rights

The 8th 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 8th edition of the Frontiers of Children's Rights Summer School will take place from 29 June to 3 July 2020. 

Programme and confirmed speakers

The programme will be 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.

Please find the programme of the previous edition of the Summer School here. We were proud 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) visited The Hague to deliver his key note speech in which he underlined the consequences of climate change to the overall implementation of children's rights.

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 2020 session is €950. We offer a special 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. For more information on short-stay housing, please check these suggestions for short stay housing in Leiden.

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