20th November 2019


54 Doughty Street
020 7404 1313

On its 30th Anniversary - New Challenges for the Convention on the Rights of the Child

6pm – 7.30pm

20 November 2019

Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

November 20th is the United Nations’ Universal Children’s Day. It is celebrated each year to promote awareness of children’s rights and improving children’s welfare. This year, Universal Children’s Day has particular significance, as 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the UN General Assembly adopting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

In this anniversary year, Doughty Street Chambers’ Children’s Rights Group is launching its annual Children’s Rights Lecture. This will take place each year on Universal Children’s Day. The Inaugural Universal Children’s Day Lecture will be delivered by Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC, who is Professor of International Human Rights Law at Queen Mary University of London and Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford, and a barrister and Associate Tenant at Doughty Street Chambers. The Lecture is entitled, “On its 30th Anniversary - New Challenges for the Convention on the Rights of the Child.”

The Chair for the evening will be Lord Kerr, Justice of the Supreme Court, The Right Hon The Lord Kerr of Tonaghmore.

There will be a panel discussion in response to Professor Van Bueren’s Lecture, and a Questions and Answers session with the audience. The panellists will be:

  • Aswini Weereratne QC, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Jamie Burton, Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers, and Co-Founder and Chair, Just Fair
  • Solange Valdez-Symonds, Solicitor at Consonant and Director of the Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC)

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