21st July 2021

Online Seminar via Zoom

Online Seminar via Zoom

What Future for Children’s Rights before the Supreme Court?

Wednesday 21 July 2021 | 13:00-14:00

Last week saw the Supreme Court hand down two major decisions on children’s rights, R (on the application of SC, CB and 8 children) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and others (Respondents) and R (on the application of AB (Appellant) v Secretary of State for Justice (Respondent). These focused on the two child welfare limit and solitary confinement, respectively. Both raise very serious questions about the prospects for effective Supreme Court engagement with, and enforcement of, children’s rights – and indeed human rights more broadly.  

This Doughty Street Chambers Children’s Rights Group webinar – ‘What Future for Children’s Rights before the Supreme Court?’ – features a series of expert speakers who will provide perspectives on different elements of the decisions.

Confirmed speakers include Jamie Burton QC, Shu Shin Luh and Professor Aoife Nolan. It will be chaired by Adam Straw QC.

It will take place on 21 July 2021 at 13:00-14:00.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • The scope of children’s rights under UK law and the margin of discretion accorded to the elected branches of government with regard to those rights

  • The scope for judicial review of outputs of parliamentary democracy that negatively impact children’s rights

  • The role of international human rights law in UK human rights jurisprudence

  • The prospects for future children’s rights litigation in the UK

There will be live auto-transcription enabled throughout this event and it will be recorded. All guests will have their cameras and microphones turned off automatically for this event. Exclusionary language will not be accepted.

The audio transcript will be made available on request.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide a BSL interpreter for this event.

Please let us know if you would like to engage in a confidential conversation regarding this or if you have any other accessibility requirements at: events@doughtystreet.co.uk.

Watch the recording below. 

Access the slides here.

What Future for Children’s Rights before the Supreme Court?