Children Human Rights

Understanding Children's Human Rights

Intensive two-day course


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This practically-focussed two day course places in perspective international human rights law as it affects children. At the end of the two days participants will have comprehensive information on the international framework to guarantee the rights of the child.

It is nearly twenty-five years since the groundbreaking UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) came into force, resulting in an exponential growth in child-related law and policy, both on the international and domestic levels.

International human rights law now informs all elements of UK strategy and policy as it relates to children. Childcare professionals, including lawyers and those directly working with and for children must therefore understand and be able to apply the international human rights law framework relating to children and young people. .

Participants will become more aware of how human rights law must inform law, policy and practice as it affects children, but as importantly the course will illustrate the need for future developments need to take child rights into account.

Course components

  • The International human rights framework and how it relates to children;
  • The evolution of international child law, its framework and implementation mechanisms, and the definition of the 'child';
  • Development issues including child poverty, child labour, trafficking and education;
  • Litigating children’s rights using International, regional and domestic courts and tribunals;
  • Children in conflict and post-conflict situations, including migration and asylum;
  • Participation of the child in international, national and domestic life

Why take this course?

  • delivers comprehensive information on the international framework to guarantee the rights of the child and develops the capacity to use and apply this in a domestic setting;
  • provides a unique opportunity to move beyond specialised areas of child-related expertise to an overview of 'child rights' within the broader international human rights framework;
  • offers insight and guidance on various approaches to child-related advocacy which can be applied in practice;
  • provides a forum for discussing some of the complexities inherent in the notion of 'children's rights';
  • offers a broad analysis of substantive and topical issues of child law and policy;
  • provides access to leading child law and human rights practitioners

Who should take this course?

The course is designed for professional participants involved in either developing policy and practice in relation to children, or working in child rights and child protection. Lawyers working in child law will be able to use the course to update and develop their knowledge in this crucial area of their work. Equally the course will be highly beneficial for those who campaign for children's rights and those who are interested in the added value of human rights, and in discussing and analysing these issues.


The course will be taught by distinguished academics and leading practitioners in the field of child law, child policy or human rights law. Previous teachers include: 

  • Iain Byrne is Acting Head of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Team at with Amnesty International. Previously, he was acting Legal Practice Director and Senior Lawyer with lead responsibility for leading litigation work on economic and social rights at INTERIGHTS. He is a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. He has authored a number of publications including ‘The Human Rights of Street Children: A Practical Manual for Advocates'. 
  • Madeleine Colvin is a human rights lawyer who practised as a barrister before joining Liberty and later JUSTICE as a legal policy specialist. She is a human rights consultant and a part-time Immigration Judge and convenes the certificate course programme of LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights.
  • Deirdre Fottrell is barrister with a vast knowledge of international child law. She has appeared at all levels of court in the UK and has represented clients in applications before the European Court of Human Rights. She advises and acts on matters of judicial review and regularly appears in the Administrative  court for adopters, foster carers and children in matters arising from the statutory duties under the Children Act 1989 and The Adoption and Children Act 2002.
  • Jenny Kuper is a Research Fellow at LSE who worked as a solicitor specialising in child-related law before obtaining her PhD in international law in 1996 and has taught, lectured and written two books and other materials on child law. She has also worked as a consultant, e.g. for UNICEF on law reform issues in Nepal, and for the International Committee of the Red Cross as the UK expert for the study on 'Customary International Humanitarian Law.'

Fees and administration

Standard (Standard individual rate): £900

Concessionary (Voluntary sector organisation): £600  

Further discounts / subsidies

The Centre is able to offer up to five subsidised (half price, £450) places for those would otherwise be unable to attend. Applications are competitively assessed, and places awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. Successful applicants will be automatically awarded a place, which will be confirmed on payment of the remaining fee by a specified date.

Please note that there are limited places available on the course. If your application for a subsidised place is not successful you will not be guaranteed a standard or concessionary place on the course.

Discounts may also be available for group (3+) bookings from one organisation / company. Contact the Centre Manager, Zoe Gillard, to discuss.

Please note that while we welcome participants from overseas, the Centre is regrettably not able to provide any additional assistance, financial or practical, in the securing of travel to, or accommodation in, London.



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