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

For Advanced Students and Professionals | The 7th 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.

  • Start date 24-06-19
  • Duration 5 days
  • Level Adv. Law | Professionals
  • Location Leiden

Course information

The 7th edition of the Frontiers of Children's Rights Summer School will take place from 24 to 28 June 2019. Please note that the dates are tentative. The programme was 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. 

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.

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!

Practical information

Course fees
Information on course fees will be shared soon. 

What's included
The fee includes access to the course materials, a certificate of participation, visits, lunches and refreshments on class days, a course dinner and a drinks reception.

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.


Applications have not opened yet. Applications will open on 1 February 2019. The opening will be announced here, together with a link to 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 applications is 1 June 2019. 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

For an overview of previous speakers, please see the programmes of previous editions.

More information

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Student review

"I learned a lot from this inspirational and intensive course. Thank you so much!"

Frontiers of Children’s Rights

Student review

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

Frontiers of Children’s Rights

Student review

"This summer school encourages critical thinking on children’s rights from different perspectives."

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