International Summer Course on the Rights of the Child

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 6:00am to Friday, July 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

World class training on Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: the Right to be Heard

The Working Group on the Rights of the Child within the Francophonie, in collaboration with the Canadian Council of Child and Youth Advocates and l’Université de Moncton, presents the 3rd Annual International Summer Course on the Rights of the Child. The focus will be Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Right of children to express their views freely and be heard in all matters that affect them.

This summer course is a bilingual program (French and English) comprised of a two-day pre-conference gathering on July 11 and 12, which will focus primarily on fundamental principles (history and philosophy), enforcement mechanisms, and the various educational and psychological approaches raised by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. On Sunday, July 13, all course registrants are invited to participate in an afternoon cultural activity and to attend the opening ceremony which will take place in the evening. A lecture series on Article 12 will follow from July 14 to 18. The first part of this series, from July 14 to 16, will focus on the right of the child to be heard before judicial and administrative institutions. On July 17 and 18, the discussion will focus on the child’s rights to be heard in public engagement processes, youth hearing processes, and child and youth parliaments and decision-making structures.


This course is of special interest to graduates and students registered in graduate programs. It is also beneficial for researchers, members of professional associations working in the fields of child protection, education and early childhood development, youth correctional systems, and the development of institutions and policies based on just and legal recognition and respect for the rights of children around the world. More than 150 participants from around the world are expected to attend, including institutional stakeholders, professionals and advocates for the rights of children within the Francophonie.

Imagine a world where we build on the core strengths of children, their families, and communities, to create dignity, belonging, and justice for all.


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International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)

based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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+1 (250) 891-2424

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