Course on Understanding Children’s Human Rights, LSE, London


LSE Human rights

Intensive two-day course – Thursday 25 and Friday 26 April 2013   10 CPD Points

Location – LSE
Venue Details – Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE

This practically-focussed course, consisting of six substantive sessions over two days, 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 and also on how to use and apply this in a domestic setting.It is over two decades 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. To assist busy professionals in using human rights law effectively, and being able to realise its potential, the LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights has devised an innovative short course, ‘Understanding Children’s Human Rights’.

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, and regional courts and tribunals, including the rights of child migrants;
  • International human rights and juvenile justice;
  • Participation of the child in international, national and domestic life – and UK implementation of participation rights.

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
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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.

Fees and administration

Standard (Standard individual rate): £750

LSE Alumni, Students or Staff are entitled to a 10% discount on the standard course fee. (contact the Centre Manager for the discount code before completing the online application)

Concessionary (Voluntary sector organisation): £500

Last Booking Date for this Event – 9th April 2013


Book online here

Further discounts / subsidies

The Centre is able to offer up to five subsidised (half price, £375) places for those would otherwise be unable to attend.

Applications will competitively assessed after the deadline of Noon Thursday 14 March and places will be awarded on the basis of merit and financial need. Applicants will be advised of the outcome of their application by Tuesday 26 March 2013. Successful applicants will be automatically awarded a place, which will be confirmed on payment of the remaining fee.

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.

Download subsidised place application form (word doc).
The deadline for subsidised place applications is Noon Thursday 14 March.

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

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