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Short Course: Children's Rights: Current Challenges in a Global Perspective (Hybrid)

Date: 12 April 2024 TBC

Time: 09.00 - 17.30 (UK time) TBC

Venue: BIICL, Russell Square, London and Online


Course Details

This course explores current challenges to children's human rights, examining to what extent existing international and regional legal frameworks offer children effective protection against major contemporary and future global threats.

Bringing together experts from within BIICL, and other specialized scholars and practitioners in the field, the course is designed on the one hand, to provide participants with a working knowledge of the international and regional conventions and 'soft-law instruments' for the protection of children's human rights. On the other hand, it aims to enhance participants' understanding of the limitations of the existing normative context in the face of current and future threats, and to discuss possible ways for improvement.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Understand the core concepts and principles established in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and their application;
  • Be aware of current challenges to the enjoyment of children's human rights, including armed conflict, climate change, human trafficking, and artificial intelligence;
  • Have acquired general knowledge about existing international and regional legal frameworks that aim to protect children against major contemporary and future global threats;
  • Understand the obstacles to the enjoyment of children's rights in the face of global challenges, as well as ongoing efforts to address such limitations

Indicative course topics:

  • Children's Rights & Current Challenges - An Introduction
  • Children's Rights in Armed Conflict 
  • Children's Rights, the Environment and Climate Change
  • Child Labour, Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery
  • Children's Rights in the Digital Environment, including Artificial Intelligence
  • Children's Participation Rights & Access to Justice

Course leader

Dr Christine Bakker, Visiting Research Fellow, BIICL; Affiliated Researcher, Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy (Dirpolis Institute)

Who is the course for?

The course is beneficial for all those having an interest in children's rights, including, those working for governments (both national and sub-national governments), NGOs and civil society organisations, legal practice (including law firms and chambers), inter-governmental organizations, businesses, and academics, including students, in particular those who are studying for a postgraduate degree in human rights, with a focus on children's rights.

Pricing and Registration

Registration will be open shortly.

Course format: This is a hybrid course, being offered in person at the BIICL office in Russell Square, London and virtually.

Participants at BIICL short courses are also invited to join exclusive events for trainees following completion of the course.

Course Discounts

Member discount: 15% discount for individual members of BIICL
Details of individual memberships at BIICL 

Group discounts:

  • 15% discount for groups of 3 or more attendees from NGO organisations or staff of government
  • 15% discount for groups of 5 or more attendees from commercial organisations

To apply for any of the discounted rates, please Contact Us.

Training scholarships

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law is committed to equality and opportunity in the legal profession and to support greater engagement of under-represented groups in the legal profession.

In our efforts in this regard we are delighted to offer 3 scholarships for each of our short courses to participants from communities and backgrounds currently under-represented in the legal community.

Applications for training scholarships must be received at least three weeks ahead of the course start date (22 March 2024).

Find out more about training scholarships 

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CPD Information

This event offers the equivalent of 7 CPD hours.
A certificate of attendance will be issued to participants attending a minimum of 70% of live course session time. Certificates will be sent to course participants within one month of the last session of the course.


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