Launch event: How can interdisciplinary and intersectoral studies advance children's rights?

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The Centre for Children's Rights Studies at the University of Geneva is proud to announce the launch of the Children's Rights Academy (CRA) through an inaugural webinar on 2 October 2023. This event will delve into a crucial question in the field of children's rights: How can interdisciplinary and intersectoral studies advance the protection and promotion of children's rights?   

The webinar presents a unique opportunity for experts and professionals to share their valuable insights and actively participate in constructive discussions focused on continuing education in children's rights. The event will feature presentations from various experts in the field of children's rights, including academics, policymakers, and practitioners. Attendees will gain knowledge from these experts, actively engage in vibrant discussions and expand their professional network with like-minded individuals.  

The Children's Rights Academy serves as an exceptional platform for continuing education, catering to academics, practitioners, policymakers, and advocates. Its primary goal is to facilitate the sharing and transfer of scientific knowledge and experiences, while offering the opportunity to learn from esteemed experts in the field. Furthermore, participants can engage in discussions concerning critical issues that impact children's rights.   

The webinar's theme underscores the importance of fostering innovative approaches to research and teaching that revolve around the core principles of children’s rights.

Event Agenda




Welcome opening session
Facilitator: Roberta Ruggiero, Director of the Children's Rights Academy

Opening speech: CIDE Strategy on
Continuous Education (FR / ENG)

Karl Hanson
Director of the Centre for Children's Rights Studies (CIDE) of the University of Geneva

14:00 - 14:10

Continuing education at the UNIGE (FR)

Micheline Louis-Courvoisier
Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva

14:10 - 14:25

The continuous education strategy
of the Canton of Valais (FR)

Yves Rey
Chef de Service Département de l'économie et de la formation
Service des hautes écoles
- Canton du Valais

14:25 - 14:40

Thematic discussions:
Facilitator: Simon Nehme, Director assistant, Children's Rights Academy

Continuous education in human rights and children's rights: Synergies and collaborations (ENG)

Gloria Gagglioli
Director of the Geneva Academy and associate professor at the law faculty, University of Geneva
Roberta Ruggiero
Director of the Children’s Rights Academy

14:40 - 15:00

Children forced migration
 and displacement (ENG)

Sitnour Babiker
Child Protection Officer at UNHCR
Jason Hart
Professor of Humanitarianism & Development, Department of Social & Policy Sciences, University of Bath

15:00 - 15:20

School bullying and mediation (FR)

Cilgia Caratsch
Director of the International
Social Service Switzerland
Christian Nanchen
Head of the Cantonal Youth Department, Canton of Valais
Zoe Moody
Professor at the Valais School of Pedagogy (HEP-VS) and scientific collaborator in the Inter- and Transdisciplinary Unit of the CIDE at the University of Geneva

15:20 - 15:50

Online pool (FR and ENG)

Thematic learning needs

15:50 - 16:00

Question and Answers (FR and ENG)

16:00 -16:30


16:30 - 16:40


16:40 - 18:00

Join us for this landmark event!

​​​​​Register here
Limited availability

Monday, 2 October 2023, from 14:00 to 17.00 CET, followed by an aperitif from 17.00 to 18.00 CET

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID), Avenue Eugène Rigot 2 CP 136 - 1211 Genève

Hybrid (online and on-site)

Participation is free of charge, but registration is mandatory. The deadline for registration is Monday, 25 September 2023, at 12:00 CET. For those wishing to join us online, a link will be shared with you five days before the event date.

English or French (No translation provided)

Contact and information
CRA secretariat -