Doughty Street Chambers Launches Children's Rights Group

Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to announce the launch of a Children’s Rights Group, bringing together barristers from across its practice teams, with a particular focus on innovative legal advocacy aimed at securing the rights set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Today, Doughty Street Chambers is proud to announce the launch of a new Children’s Rights Group. Since Chambers’ foundation, our members have acted in many of the leading cases in children’s rights in the UK, regional and international courts, and many have been at the forefront of law and policy reform in children’s rights. Reflecting this, the Children’s Rights Group has a particular focus on innovative legal advocacy, in the courtroom and beyond, aimed to securing the rights set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Children’s Rights Group has forty-four members, across multiple practice areas: four academic experts and associates, six Queen’s Counsel and thirty-four junior counsel. The Group offers extensive expertise across numerous child rights-related areas and has recent experience in bringing ground-breaking litigation for and concerning children in public law, extradition, immigration, mental health, community care, prison law, trafficking, education, criminal justice, clinical negligence and inquests. Many of our members also specialise in complex and developing areas concerning the rights of children, including FGM and children, abortion rights for vulnerable teenagers, unaccompanied minors’ rights, the education rights of children in custody, inclusive education for disabled children, children’s effective participation in criminal trials and the rights of LGBTQI children.

Beyond the domestic context, our barristers have also played key roles in important cases before regional and international courts, including the European Court of Human Rights, the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Many of our members are involved in training on children’s rights issues for different stakeholders, as well as advising on law and policy reform in the field of children’s rights. Others are actively involved in academic writing, making major contributions to child rights scholarship both in the UK and elsewhere.

Doughty Street Chambers is hosting an event on the 8th of July 2019 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.

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