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Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings: Recourse to European and International Mechanisms

30-31 March 2017, Blackhall Place, Dublin 

 

As part of the Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings project, this conference seeks to build the capacity for legal professionals (including judges) to become more aware of the need for child centred justice in all judicial proceedings involving separated children.

You are invited to register your interest in attending this conference in the President’s Hall, Blackhall Place, Dublin, and you will be notified shortly about whether your place has been confirmed.  Please note that the event team is aiming for a balanced and wide range of stakeholders, representing the different groups of separated children.  As venue capacity is strictly limited, the team will only be able to accept requests for participation at the conference using these criteria and taking account of the number of places available.

While there is no charge to register your interest, there will be a modest attendance fee for participants to cover the expenses of holding the event (€100 for 2 days; €50 for 1 day).  A limited number of discounted places will be available for recently qualified practitioners, NGOs and students.  This attendance fee can be paid online once your place at this conference has been confirmed.

CPD points will be available for attendance at this Conference.

Please direct any enquiries by email to childlawclinic@ucc.ie or by phone to 021 4903642

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Product Description

This conference is being hosted in Dublin by the Child Law Clinic, School of Law, UCC in collaboration with The AIRE Centre in London, Child Circle in Belgium and the Centre for Women War Victims (ROSA) in Croatia. It is the fourth event in a series of conferences across Europe being organised as part of the Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings project, the object of which is to build the capacity for legal professionals (including judges) to become more aware of the need for child centred justice in all proceedings involving separated children. The project is also focusing on ensuring that legal professionals benefit from the knowledge and tools provided so as to ensure that the conduct and outcomes of such proceedings always take full account of the best interests of the child as a primary consideration.

This event will focus on the use and application of international and European mechanisms of recourse for the protection of the rights of separated children, including the European Court of Human Rights, the European Social Charter, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure.

Themes:

  • Children litigating before the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Committee on Social Rights and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Children as European Citizens
  • Children and imprisonment
  • Children in cross-border relocation and abduction situations
  • Children in public and private family law proceedings
  • Child asylum seekers, separated and unaccompanied children
  • Child victims of trafficking

 

Speakers at the Conference will include:

Anna Austin, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights

Professor Colm O’Cinneide, European Committee of Social Rights

Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Dean of School of Law, University College Cork

Nuala Mole, Senior Lawyer and Founder, AIRE Centre, London

Rebecca O’Donnell, Co-Founding Director, Child Circle, Brussels

Catriona Jarvis, Judge (retired) Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, United Kingdom

Dr Conor O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer, School of Law, University College Cork

Dr Aoife McMahon, Barister-at-Law

Syd Bolton, Former Co-Director of the Refugee Children’s Rights Project at the Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Dr Aisling Parkes, Lecturer, School of Law, University College Cork

Dr Fiona Donson, Lecturer, School of Law, University College Cork

Ruth Kirby, Barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, London

Other leading professionals working with separated children and the avenues of recourse available to them at European and International level will be announced shortly.

 

Target Audience

Legal professionals and judges in Ireland and neighbouring countries, organisations involved in supporting separated children involved in litigation, professionals involved in multi-disciplinary child centred justice, organisations involved in international and European litigation, EU and regional actors involved in child friendly justice, NGOs, law centres, children’s ombudspersons, researchers and legal academics.

You are invited to register your interest in attending this conference and you will be notified shortly about your place.

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This project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union. 

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