International Conference on Children’s Rights: Taking Stock, Plugging Gaps and Leveraging Emerging Opportunities

Thirty-five years after the adoption of the CRC and thirty-four years after the adoption of the ACRWC, it is fitting to reflect on the extent to which children’s rights have been, or are being, realised in different countries.

This experience and knowledge sharing Conference on Children’s Rights aims to create a platform for students, researchers, judges, lawyers, social workers, and other practitioners to learn from each other and incorporate into their work, good practices in promoting children’s rights.

This two-day Conference on Children’s Rights will be held in person at the Faculty of Law, Stellenbosch University, on 10‒11 September 2024.

The key dates are as follows:

  • Deadline for the submission of an Abstract: 15 March 2024.
  • Decision for the selection of abstracts: 5 April 2024.
  • Deadline for the submission of the first draft of the paper: 28 June 2024.
  • Deadline for the submission of the second draft of the paper: 08 August 2024.
  • International Conference on Children’s Rights: 10-11 September 2024.
  • Deadline for the submission of the final paper for publication: 15 November 2024.

Thematic Focus

The conference focusses on children’s rights, leaving the room open for papers that have comparative dimensions involving different countries. Participants are therefore free to propose papers that analyse how countries compare to each other and whether national norms, standards and practices measure up to international norms and standards. To this end, the organisers welcome papers in the following thematic areas:

  • Children’s Rights and the Changing Family
  • The Environment, Climate Change and Children’s Rights
  • Business and Children’s Rights
  • Child Protection
  • The Child Justice System and Children’s Rights
  • Gender, Disability and Children in Situations of Vulnerability
  • Poverty, Child Sensitive Social Policies and Socio-Economic Rights
  • Children’s Rights in the Digital Sphere
  • Institutional Mechanisms for the Realisation of Children’s Rights

For more information and abstract guidelines, please click here to access the call for papers.

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