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The 6th edition of the Frontiers of Children’s Rights Summer School took place in July 2018

During the Summer School, held at Leiden Law School in Leiden and the Hague, the participants were offered a wealth of lectures and workshops on international and regional children’s rights issues affecting children, families and communities.

The event was organized by the Child Law Department and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies of Leiden Law School. The programme was led by Prof. Dr. Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Professor of Children’s Rights in the Developing World, and Dr. Katrien Klep, assistant professor in children’s rights at Leiden University.

The course included about 27 hours of workshops, lectures and educational field trips, led by renowned experts including Ms. Maud de Boer-Buquicchio (United Nations Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children and President of Missing Children Europe) and Prof. Benyam Dawit Mezmur (Associate Professor of Law, University of the Western Cape, Former Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child & Former Chair of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child). Representatives of key civil society organisations, including War Child, Stahili Foundation, Defence for Children International and ICDI were also represented.

Lectures focused on highly topical issues such as migration, children in the justice system, children in alternative care and institutions, digital technologies, child trafficking and children's rights and business principles. Field trips were undertaken to a Dutch Youth Institution and the International Criminal Court. In addition, a special workshop on children’s rights advocacy was organized in the Leiden Children’s Rights Home.

The organizers are very pleased with the outcome of the 6th edition of the Frontiers of Children’s Rights Summer School and look forward to the next edition which will take place in Summer 2019. More information will follow on our website

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