Brookes to welcome Children’s Commissioner at Rights of the Child symposium

Friday, 16 January 2015

Childs Rights conference

Oxford Brookes’ School of Law will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the UK's Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) with a conference on Wednesday 21 January 2015

The conference will be attended by high profile speakers including the Children’s Commissioner for England and Wales, Dr Maggie Atkinson and the Right Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane, Lord Justice of Court of Appeal.

The School is the only institution in the country that is marking and reviewing the past 25 years since the ratification, and how far children’s rights have advanced in the UK during this period.

With reference to the conference speakers, Dr Brigitte Clark, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, said: “Weare extremely honoured to have the Children’s Commissioner for England and theHonourable Lord Justice McFarlane coming to address us along with two of themost eminent academics in this field, Emeritus Professors Michael Freeman ofUniversity College, London and Jane Fortin. We are also fortunate to have the Child Advocate, along with speakers from the Children’s Rights Alliance, Family Rights Group, Siblings United and Save the Children.”

This 25th Anniversary of the UK ratification of the CRC presents a unique opportunity to reflect and look at the impact it has had and explore the future of children’s rights in the UK.

Dr Brigitte Clark, Seniro Lecturer, Oxford Brookes School of Law

The United Nations CRC remains the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world. It has elevated the legal status of children, making them more visible in the political agendas of many state parties.

Whilst the UK child rights mechanisms are strong, the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2007 made recommendations regarding inadequacies with the system addressing the rights of asylum-seeking children, child poverty, juvenile justice, education, domestic violence and trafficking to name some of the areas.

Dr Clark continued: “This 25thAnniversary of the UK ratification of the CRC presents a unique opportunity toreflect and look at the impact it has had and explore the future of children’srights in the UK. The Conference aims tobring together children’s rights academics, government officials, and heads ofNGOs, students and child rights advocates from the UK. The one-day symposium will discuss the past and future impact of the CRC specifically focusing on current and emerging issues in the UK.”

Dr Mariya Ali from the Oxford Brookes School of Law is also organising the conference and commented: “ThisConference should also provide important insights to those working on the frontline with children and in children’s services and all those working in suchareas should be encouraged to attend and participate.”

The conference is open to all members of the public and students including non-Oxford Brookes students.