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Symposium on 'Constitutional children’s rights and the role of courts as a tool for domestication of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child after 30 years'

The symposium is organised by the Department of Child Law at Leiden Law School, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

December 2018 saw the celebration of 20 years of constitutional ligation on children’s rights in South Africa, following the inclusion of a dedicated children’s rights clause in the landmark 1996 Constitution, which laid the foundation for the transition from apartheid to democracy. This much analysed jurisprudence has provided a benchmark for other countries to consider constitutionalising one or more aspects of children’s rights as contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) (apart from the right to education which is commonly provided for in national constitutions). Landmark judgments from other constitutional courts have risen to prominence. 

This symposium attempts to address the international understanding of children’s rights domestication through constitutionalisation and provide a springboard for a more in depth and informed approach. Professor Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Professor of Children's rights in the developing world and professor Ton Liefaard, Vice-Dean for Education of Leiden Law School, Professor of Children’s Rights and holder of the UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights, are the instigators of this symposium.

The symposium takes place on 4 December 2019, at the Old Observatory in Leiden. Among the speakers are Ms. Meda Couzens, a PhD candidate at Leiden University who is studying the enforcement of the CRC by national courts,  Professor U. Kilkelly, Professor K. Sandberg, Professor  A. Skelton, Professor J. Todres and Professor N. Espejo-Yaksic.

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