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Human Rights Law Centre Summer School: "Rights of the Child" - 23 to 27 June 2014. Application Deadline 30 May 2014.

The objective of this programme is to consider issues concerning the rights of the child that are a matter of current legal, political and societal attention, both internationally and comparatively. These include child participation, child poverty, children in conflict and child rights monitoring and advocacy.

The Summer School will examine international and regional child rights law, including the work of the international courts and treaty monitoring bodies mandated to consider violations of the rights of the child.


The Summer School is a highly interactive programme in which all participants are encouraged to be fully involved.  The training methods include Q and A and group exercises.  The working language for the Summer School is English.  All participants will receive an extensive electronic file of resource materials.  The Summer School faculty for 2014 are all highly experienced international experts on child rights, with backgrounds in advocacy, research and practice.

Members of the Summer School faculty for 2014 include: 

  • Professor Michael Freeman, Emeritus Professor of Law, University College London and Editor of International Journal of Children's Rights;
  • Professor Matthew Happold, Professor in International Public Law, University of Luxembourg;
  • Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Head of the Department of Law and Director of the Child Law Clinic, University College Cork;
  • Professor Laura Lundy, Director of the Children's Rights Centre, Queen's University, Belfast;
  • Dr Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child of the African Union, and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child;
  • Ms Lisa Myers, Director of Child Rights Connect (formerly the NGO Group for the CRC) Geneva
  • Dr Najat Maalla M'jid, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography; 
  • Dr Liam Thornton, Lecturer in Law, University College Dublin;
  • Dr Simon Flacks, Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)/School of Law, Reading University;
  • Dr Ralph Sandland, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham.

Topics for this year's Summer School include:

  • Convention on the Rights of the Child;
  • Children in Africa;
  • Children's Economic and Social Rights;
  • Children in Conflict;
  • Refugee Children;
  • Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse of Children;
  • Advancing Children's Rights through the UN;
  • Gender and Children's Rights;
  • Children and Access to Justice.

The Summer School in 2014 will be led by Professor Aoife Nolan, Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Nottingham and Academic Lead of the University's Children and Childhood Network.

Fees and Registration

 The course fee is £1,000, which includes:

  • Tuition
  • Lunches and refreshments
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation (bed and breakfast)

For participants who do not require accommodation, the course fee is £750.

There is a non-refundable deposit of £200.00 payable upon registration.  Please follow this link to download the registration form and send it to  The deadline for registration and payment of outstanding fees is 1 June 2014.  Online registration is available here. 

Participants are required to meet their own travel costs and arrange visa and other UK entry requirements.

*UG students will not normally be accepted onto the course if they do not have significant relevant professional experience.

Contact Details

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Contact: +44 (0)115 846 6309 or

13 May 2014

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