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August 2019

2-Day Symposium: Contemporary issues for children's rights: international and national contexts

~~~~19-20 AUG 2019 (date tbc), RUTHERFORD HOUSE, VUW

This two-day symposium will examine contemporary issues affecting children’s rights across 4 broad areas: (1) the care system (2) the criminal jurisdiction (3) the Family Court (4) the voice of the child in matters affecting them.

Keynote speakers:

  • Professor Laura Lundy – Co-director for Centre for Children’s Rights, and Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queens University. Her expertise is in children’s right to participate in decision-making and education rights.
  • Ursula Kilkelly Professor of Law and Dean at the School of Law, University College Cork (UCC), Head of the College of Business and Law, and an international children’s rights scholar. Director of the Child Law Clinic, a research initiative that provides student-led research services to lawyers litigating children’s issues. She teaches Child Law in Practice, Children’s Rights and Juvenile Justice.
  • A further two international speakers have yet to be confirmed

NZ Law Foundation in conjunction with the Borrin Foundation has awarded up to $28,260 towards the costs of bringing four keynote speakers to this symposium, publications costs of material from the symposium, and three post graduate student scholarships to cover attendance.



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