The Human Rights Law Centre Summer School on the Rights of the Child will run from 23 to 27 June 2014.

The Summer School faculty are all highly experienced international experts on child rights with backgrounds in advocacy, research and practice, offering a dynamic programme covering a range of related topics. This year’s programme includes sessions focussed on the sexual exploitation and sexual abuse of children, advancing children’s rights through the UN, regional protection of children’s rights, children’s economic and social rights, participatory methodologies in advocacy and research, children in conflict, children and gender, refugee children, and access to justice.

The programme is available here:


The Summer School faculty for 2014 includes:

•    Professor Michael Freeman, Emeritus Professor of Law, University College London and Editor of International Journal of Children’s Right;

•    Professor Matthew Happold, Professor in International Public Law, University of Luxembourg;

•    Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Head of the department of Law and Director of the Child Law Clinic, University College Cork;

•    Professor Laura Lundy, Director of the Children’s Rights Centre, Queen’s University, Belfast;

•    Dr Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child of the African Union, and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child;

•    Dr Najat Maalla M’jid, former UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography;  

•    Lisa Myers, Director of the NGO Group for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Geneva.


The training methods include Q and A and group exercises. The working language will be English. All participants will receive an extensive electronic file of resource materials.

Previous participants, comprising of practitioners working in the field, postgraduate researchers, and children’s advocates based all over the world, stated that they found the Summer School to be “highly valuable, inspiring and uplifting! The diversity of themes combined with excellent teachers and presentations are setting new standards”.

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