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