Shaheed Fatima QC is a leading barrister at Blackstone Chambers, London and the lead author of a recent important report on the adequacy and effectiveness of the international law framework for protecting children in armed conflict. The report was prepared for an inquiry that has been established by Save the Children and TheirWorld. The inquiry is chaired by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The report investigates six key areas identified by the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict where grave violations of the rights of children may occur: the killing and ill-treatment of children, the recruitment and use of children in conflict, sexual violence, child abduction, attacks on hospitals and schools as well as denial of humanitarian access and assistance. Ms Fatima will present the key findings and recommendations of the report.

Professor Diane Marie Amann, Research Visitor at the Bonavero Institute and Special Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Children in and affected by Armed Conflict, will join as a discussant.