Frontiers of Children’s Rights
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Frontiers of Children’s Rights Law Peace & Justice

For Advanced Students and Professionals | The 6th edition of the Frontiers of Children’s Rights Summer School takes a close look at contemporary children’s rights issues from a legal perspective, accompanied by reflections from other academic disciplines, legal systems, local perceptions and realities. Leading academic and professional experts in the field of children’s rights, international law and other relevant disciplines offer inspiring and interactive lectures, seminars and excursions in and around Leiden Law School. The classes will be taught in the beautiful premises of the renovated Leiden Observatory. On Friday the participants will visit the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Classes will be taught in The Hague that day. The week will be concluded with a farewell dinner at the beach.

  • Start date 02-07-18
  • Duration 5 days
  • Level Adv. Law | Professionals
  • Location Leiden
  • Course fee 800 - 950

Course information

This 6th edition of the Frontiers of Children's Rights Summer School will take place from July 2 to July 6 2018. The programme is developed by Prof. Ton Liefaard, UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at Leiden University, and Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Professor of Children’s Rights in the Developing World at Leiden University.

Target audience
This summer school is aimed at law students (who have completed at least three years of their degree), young graduates and professionals with a background in law. Applicants with a background in other relevant disciplines that are relevant to the theme of the summer school will be considered as well. The deadline for application is 1 May 2018. Applications that are received after the 1st of May will still be considered, but admission will depend on the availability of places.

Academic content
Frontiers of Children’s Rights provides a comprehensive children’s rights course, which takes a close look at contemporary children’s rights issues from a legal perspective accompanied by reflections from other academic disciplines, legal systems, local perceptions and realities. Themes include: juvenile justice, alternative care, protection and participation of children in (armed) conflict, emerging global issues and children's rights and digital technologies.

Study load
The course includes about 27 hours of workshops, lectures and educational field trips, which require approximately 30 hours of preparation.

Class size
To ensure active participation and exchange with teaching staff and fellow participants, a maximum of 40 participants will be admitted to this course.

Why this Summer School?

This course offers a unique opportunity to learn from leading academics and experts in the field of children’s rights and international law. The lectures and workshops are combined with a number of educational field trips: the visit to a youth detention centre will provide you with a glimpse into the Dutch juvenile justice system, while the workshops at the Child Rights Home allows you to engage with child rights NGO's and the visit to the International Criminal Court in The Hague will introduce you to the law and practice of international criminal justice. The course also offers plenty of opportunities to network with fellow students and practitioners from all over the world. Last, but not least, Leiden is a charming place to stay!

Draft Programme

MondayRegistration & Words of Welcome
International Children's Rights: Achievements and Challenges
Workshop Children's Rights in the Region
Children's Rights in Europe
Children's Rights in Africa
TuesdayChildren in Alternative Care and Institutions
Implementing the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children
Children's Rights and Business Principles
Digital Technologies and Children's Rights
WednesdayJuvenile Justice: from Theory to Practice
Visit of a Dutch Youth Institution or Police Station
ThursdayChildren's Rights and Migration
Trafficking and Other Forms of Exploitation of Children
Interactive Workshop
FridayVisit of the International Criminal Court
Children in Armed Conflict
Closing Lecture

Practical information

The classes will be taught in the beautiful premises of the Old Leiden Observatory (Sterrewacht). On Friday, the classes will take place at the new Leiden University premises in the city centre of The Hague. To discover more about the city of Leiden, please visit Leiden, City of Discoveries. To learn more about The Hague, please visit The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice or This is The Hague.

The Grotius Centre does not provide housing but we will be happy to assist you in finding a suitable place to stay. For more information on short-stay housing, please check these suggestions for short stay housing in Leiden.

Course fees

The tuition fee for the 2018 session is €950. We offer a special Early Bird fee of €800 to participants who register before 1 March 2018. Leiden University students, students from partner universities, and participants who have registered for at least another Grotius Centre summer school in 2018 also pay a reduced fee of €800. Unfortunately, there are no scholarships available for this course.

What's included? 
The fee includes access to the digital course materials, a hard copy of The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Taking Stock after 25 Years and Looking Ahead (eds. T. Liefaard and J. Sloth-Nielsen), a certificate of participation, educational field trips, lunches and refreshments on course days, welcome drinks, a canal boat tour through the historic town of Leiden, and a farewell dinner at the beach.


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:

  • Prior knowledge of law is desirable.
  • All courses are taught in English. An official certificate of language proficiency is not required but you need to be fluent in English to be able to understand the classes and to interact with fellow students.
  • 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 1 May 2018. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly advised.

Lecturers and speakers

Julia Sloth-Nielsen (academic coordinator), Professor of Children's Rights in the Developing World, Leiden University

Katrien Klep (academic coordinator), Assistant Professor, Institute for Private Law, Child Law Department, Leiden University

Tulika Bansal, Advisor, Human Rights and Business Department, Danish Institute for Human Rights

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale and Sexual Exploitation of Children, President of Missing Children Europe

April Coetzee – Senior Education Advisor Research and Development, War Child Holland

Yannick van den Brink, Assistant Professor, Child Law, Leiden University

Mariëlle Bruning, Professor of Children and the Law & Head of the Child Law Department, Leiden University

Jaap Doek, Professor & former Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Rinske Ellermeijer, Senior Child Protection Advisor Research and Development, War Child Holland

Simona Florescu, PhD Candidate, Child Law Department, Leiden University

Simone van der Hof, Professor of Law and Digital Technologies, Leiden University

Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Associate Professor of Law, University of the Western Cape

Stephanie Rap, Assistant Professor, Child Law, Leiden University

Peter Rodrigues, Professor of Immigration Law & Chairman of the Institute of Immigration Law, Leiden University

Bep van Sloten, International Alternative Care Expert

Jasmine Turner – Research Coordinator Can’t Wait to Learn, War Child Holland

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"Outstanding and inspirational professors who take children's rights as a subject and make it engaging and applicable in any field."

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