9 February 2019, 09:45 - 15:45
Garden Court Chambers
57-60 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ
This training will provide legal practitioners with a detailed understanding of the law and policy concerning children's rights to British citizenship and key barriers to children exercising these rights.
It will draw on the litigation, research and experience of the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) to:
- Ensure participants are familiar with the relevant statutory rights and the origins and parliamentary intentions behind them;
- Enable participants to undertake complex citizenship claims and challenges on behalf of children, including children in local authority care; and
- Equip participants to give effect to these statutory rights by:
- securing British passports and recognition of citizenship of children with British citizenship;
- registering children born and growing up in the UK as British citizens; and
- challenging law, policy and practice that is incompatible with children's citizenship rights and legal duties owed to children concerning their welfare and best interests in the higher courts.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Participants will receive a training pack on the day.
AGENDA AND SPEAKERS
- Intentions of Parliament when passing the British Nationality Act 1981 (Steve Valdez-Symonds former legal officer of ILPA and current refugee and migrant rights programme director at Amnesty UK)
- Entitlement and discretion provisions on registration of children as British citizens (Solange Valdez-Symonds, PRCBC Director and MRC solicitor)
- Application Process and Evidence (Amarjit Ahluwalia)
- Citizenship fees (law, policy and caselaw) and an update on caselaw in relation to general children's citizenship claims (Amanda Weston QC, Garden Court Chambers)
- Good character requirement (Ronan Toal, Garden Court Chambers)
If you would like to contact the organiser, please email