08th July 2019


54 Doughty Street
020 7404 1313

Monday 8th July, 1.30pm - 7.00pm (followed by drinks and networking)

53-54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

(No charge for attendance)


Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to invite you to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launch of the Doughty Street Chambers Children’s Rights Group. Featuring expert speakers drawn from legal practice, academia and civil society, this half-day seminar will consider a series of pressing questions and key developments in child rights - both in the UK and beyond. It will provide an opportunity for participants to take stock of 30 years of child rights work in the UK, while also identifying future opportunities and challenges in this area.


Topics for our first event in the series on 8th July will include:

An introduction to the UNCRC and key themes for the day (Professor Aoife Nolan, University of Nottingham and Academic Panel Member at Doughty Street)


Child rights and Europe (Chair: Adam Wagner, Doughty Street)

- Children's Rights and the ECHR (Amelia Nice & Katie O'Byrne, Doughty Street)

- Children's Rights and Brexit (Professor Helen Stalford, Centre for European Children's Rights, University of Liverpool)


Key landmarks in child rights in the UK

- Venables and Thompson v UK and Child-Friendly Justice (Edward Fitzgerald CBE QC, Doughty Street)

- Child Migrants and Unaccompanied Minors (Charlotte Kilroy QC, Doughty Street)

- Discrimination and School Uniforms (Angela Jackman, Partner, Simpson Millar and Senior Lecturer, City Law School)


Looking to the Future of Children's Rights (Chair: Zia Nabi, Doughty Street)

- Children in Custody and Solitary Confinement (Dr Laura Janes, Howard League for Penal Reform)

- Sexual Abuse of Children Abroad, and the UK's Obligations (Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Doughty Street)

- What’s worked, and what hasn’t: The Welsh approach to child rights “incorporation” (Simon Hoffman, Observatory on the Human Rights of Children, Swansea University) 

- Disabled children and protection under the UNCRC and UNCRPD (Dr Oliver Lewis, Doughty Street and University of Leeds)


Please direct any queries to Cynthia Francis on 020 7404 1313.  And if you would like a ticket please e-mail events@doughtystreet.co.uk