Children's Rights Day Conference on Thursday 24th September 2009

Tuesday 4 August 2009

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On Thursday 24th September, Garden Court Chambers is holding an all day conference on Children's Rights.

In anticipation of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Garden Court Chambers is hosting an all-day conference bringing together lawyers, academics, prosecuting authorities, social workers, community care and other professionals.

This conference aims to raise the profile of Children's Rights across a broad range of areas, including public policy, planning, child protection and legal challenges critical to the lives of children both domestically and internationally.

Garden Court Chambers has a long-standing commitment both to the representation of children and young people and to the protection and development of their legal rights across a wide range of practice areas.

Workshop topics to include:

  • Voice of the Child in Care, challenging Care Plans & a critique of the IRO system
  • Investigating the deaths & near deaths of children in custody and in the care of the state Current sentencing policy of young offenders and youth crime.
  • Child trafficking
  • Homeless children, community care and children with disabilities
  • Vulnerable defendants, children and young people with learning DisabilitiesI
  • International legal responsibility for stranded or separated children
  • Children and Forced Marriages
  • Deaths / near-deaths of children in state custody and in the care of the state: inquests and investigatory duties


Geraldine Van Bueren (Keynote Speaker)
A winner of the UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer Award is one of the original drafters of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international laws. She is Professor of International Human Rights Law at Queen Mary, University of London, Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford

Kate Green (Chief Executive of CPAG), Dr Jenny Kuper (LSE), Alison Marshall (Head of Public Affairs UNICEF UK), Sam Dimmock (Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Children's Rights Alliance for England), young person (Child Trafficking Advice & Information Line Young People's Advisory Group), Brendan Finnegan (Youth Justice Board), Laura Brownless (Researcher, Levelling the Playing Field), Dragan Nastic (UK Policy, Parliamentary and Legal Officer, UNICEF), Adrian Matthews (Senior Policy Development Officer, 11 Million, Office of the Children's Commissioner for England), Deborah Coles (INQUEST). Jo Delahunty QC, Kathryn Cronin, Bethan Harris, Maggie Jones, Alison Grief, Nadine Finch, Sam Momtaz, Brenda Campbell, Tom Wainwright, Leslie Thomas, Kirsten Heaven (all Garden Court Chambers)

Practice Areas:

  • Immigration
  • Housing
  • Family
  • Crime
  • Community Care


Wolfson Theatre, London School of Economics & Political Science, New Academic Building Lincoln's Inn Fields London WC2A 2AE


Delegate rate £125 + VAT (£143.75)
Early Bird Booking Discount £95 + VAT (£109.25) - enter EBBD at checkout (valid up to 31 July)
Charities and NGOs Discount £95 + VAT (£109.25) - enter CHAR at checkout
Group bookings please email for group discount enquiries of 4 or more delegates.
All prices include conference materials, refreshments during the day and a buffet lunch.


Wolfson Theatre, LSE New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields,
London WC2A 3LJ


Thursday 24 September 2009 from 09:30 to 16:00

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