Frontiers of Children’s Rights in the Caribbean Region
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Frontiers of Children’s Rights in the Caribbean Region Law Peace & Justice

For Advanced Students and Professionals | Children’s rights are still relatively young, with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) entering into force only 27 years ago. Although the CRC is the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty, children across the globe still face many challenges with regard to their rights. These challenges require a closer look at the implementation of international children’s rights and the impact of the CRC on the realities in which children and their families live. Especially now, with emerging issues such as climate change, growing mobility and migration, also by children, a regional approach improving respect for children’s rights, in addition to international and local action, is beneficial.

  • Start date 05-03-18
  • Duration 5 days
  • Level Adv. Law | Professionals
  • Location University of Curaçao
  • Course fee 800 - 950

Course Information

The Frontiers of Children's Rights in the Caribbean Region Spring School is a special edition of the Leiden-based Frontiers of Children's Rights Summer School, organised in close cooperation with the University of Curaçao Dr. Moises Da Costa Gomez. The School will take place from 5 to 9 March 2018. The programme will be taught in English. The lectures will mostly be given in the mornings, followed by workshops and excursions in the afternoons. The faculty consists of renowned international and regional experts in the field of children’s rights.

Target Audience
The Spring School welcomes applications from government officials, (judicial) professionals, researchers and advanced (law) students with an interest in children's rights in the Caribbean region. The deadline for application is 15 February 2018. Applications that are received after the deadline will still be considered, but admission will depend on the availability of places.

Academic Content
The programme will highlight themes like:

  • International children’s rights: achievements and challenges
  • Monitoring children’s rights
  • Juvenile justice
  • Children and the family, child protection and alternative care
  • Violence against children
  • Social, economic and cultural rights of children
  • Child migration, child trafficking and exploitation
  • Children's rights and business
  • Sustainable development and children's rights
  • Digital technologies and children’s rights
  • The impact of natural disasters on children

Why this course?

This regional edition of the established Leiden-based Frontiers of Children’s Rights Summer School enables participants to engage with international children’s rights and topical regional issues affecting children, families and communities. This course offers a unique opportunity to learn from established academics and leading practitioners in the field of children's rights. The course also includes workshops, an educational visit, and social activities. The course also offers plenty of opportunities to network with fellow practitioners and researchers from the region.

Practical information

The classes will be taught on the campus of the University of Curaçao.

The Spring School does not provide accomodation. Hereunder are accommodation options in Willemstad. Note that a shuttle service will be arranged and will be leaving from a walking distance of these hotels.

  • Student accommodation on campus: NAf 60.00 pp including 3 meals a day.
  • Hotel Renaissance: $ 185.00 per room, including (1 person) breakfast. (not incl. tax + service charge). Please mention the University of Curaçao, Spring School to receive these rates.
  • Scuba Lodge: from $ 179.00 per room, not incl. breakfast ($15,-pp) + tax.
  • City Suites: from $ 120.00 per room, not incl. tax + breakfast.

Course fees

The tuition fee for the Frontiers of Children’s Rights in the Caribbean Region Spring School is set at  €950. A special Early Bird fee of €800 applies to participants who register before 5 January 2018. Eligible students from the University of Curacao, Leiden University and Leiden Law School partner universities as well as NGO staff members are entitled to a reduced fee. A group discount is available when three or more colleagues from the same organisation apply for the course. Please contact us for further information.

What's included? 
The fee includes access to the digital course materials, a certificate of participation, educational field trips, lunches and refreshments on course days, a welcome reception and a farewell dinner.


To apply please complete the online application form.
The application should be completed at once as data cannot be saved. Therefore, make sure to have the following documents ready before starting the application:

1. A copy of your curriculum vitae;
2. A cover letter (one page) in which you clearly explain why you are applying for this course;
3. A recent portrait picture.

Please note that:

  • All courses are taught in English.
  • Only complete applications are considered.
  • All applications are dealt with on an individual basis.
  • Provided you are considered eligible, you will receive a pre-admission email.
  • Your admission to the course will be final once the payment of the fee is made.
  • The deadline for application is 15 February 2018. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly encouraged as places are limited.

Lecturers and speakers

Prof. Ton Liefaard, UNICEF Chair in Children's Rights, Leiden University

Prof. Jaap Doek, Former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Prof. Ursula Kilkelly, Child Rights Scholar/Head College of Business & Law, University College Cork

Ms. Tulika Bansal, Senior Advisor, Human Rights & Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights

The Hon. Mr. Justice Boodoosingh

, Judge of the High Court of Justice, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Dr. Nicolas Espejo-Yaksic, Advisor to the UN Special Representative on Violence Against Children

Prof. Kevin Haines, Professor of Criminology and Public Safety, University of Trinidad and Tobago

Prof. Adele Jones, None in Three Centre, University of Huddersfield/Sweet Water Foundation

Dr. Katrien Klep, Assistant Professor of International Children’s Rights, Leiden University

Ms. Anna Kroon, Programme Manager Child Protection and Youth Participation, UNICEF

Dr. Annemarie Marchena-Slot, Associate Professor of Criminal Law, University of Curaçao

Mr. Alejandro Morlachetti, Children’s Rights Adviser - UNICEF Consultant

Mrs. Richelda Rodriguez-Emmanuel, Director of the Court of Guardianship, St. Maarten

More information

Frontiers of Children’s Rights in the Caribbean Region


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