Leiden, Netherlands

Frontiers of Children's Rights

when 11 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
fee EUR 900

Frontiers of Children’s Rights provides a comprehensive children’s rights course, which takes a close look at
contemporary children’s rights issues from a legal perspective accompanied by reflections from other academic
disciplines, legal systems, local perceptions and realities. The summer school, held at the beautiful premises
of Leiden Observatory and Campus The Hague, offers inspiring and interactive lectures and seminars by
leading academics and professional experts in the field of children’s rights and international law.

Themes include

• Children in the justice system
• Alternative care: protection of the family and the child
• Emerging global issues: whose responsibility?
• Protection and participation of children in (armed) conflict
• Children’s rights and digital technologies

Special Features

• Seminar on the role of NGO’s with UNICEF & Defence for Children International
• Excursion to a youth detention centre
• Excursion to the International Criminal Court in The Hague


Prof. Ton Liefaard, Professor of Children’s Rights (UNICEF Chair) at Leiden Law School and Prof. Julia
Sloth-Nielsen, Professor of Children’s Rights in the Developing World at Leiden Law School, coordinate the
course. Guest speakers include Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child,
Prof. Simone van der Hof, Director of Centre for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden Law School and
Tulika Bansal, Expert on Human Rights and Business, The Danish Institute for Human Rights.

Course leader

Prof. Ton Liefaard, UNICEF Chair in Children's Rights, Leiden University

Target group

Advanced students and professionals

Course aim

Frontiers of Children's Rights enables participants to learn everything about topical children's rights issues and connect with participants from all over the world. An enriching experience for professionals and advanced students who work on children's rights on a daily basis.

Credits info

The students in this course will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme.
Furthermore, we can issue a statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits we would assign to this course, based on the number of hours in class, preparation time and assignments, keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 hours of study. Your university can then evaluate this course and decide whether they will indeed award ECTS credits.

Fee info

EUR 900: The registration fee for the 2016 session is €900. The fee includes excursions, lunches and refreshments on course days, welcome drinks, a canal boat tour through the historic town of Leiden and a farewell banquet at the beach.


A limited number of fee waivers are available for this course. If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, please send us a separate request in which you clearly state why you should be considered for the fee-waiver. The deadline to apply for a fee waiver is 1