Short course Executive Training on Civil Aspects of International Child Protection (ICPT)
PeriodDecember 2023 - April 2024
Early bird deadline25 November 2023
Registration deadline18 January 2024
Full programme: CHF 800.- (Early bird: CHF 600.-)
Per module: CHF 200.-
- Learn about the latest studies, policies, and practices in critical areas of child protection
- Foster constructive and transversal discourse among academics, practitioners and stakeholders in the field of international child protection
- Encourage scientific research, educational programmes and career development on civil aspects of child protection
At the end of the short course, participants will be equipped to:
- acquire deeper and transversal knowledge on the research, policy and practice in the field of international child protection, with particular focus on the selected topics
- apply and transfer knowledge in each respective field, at the national and transnational levels
- research, analyse, interpret and argue about complex legal, including societal, matters
4 half-day modules
- Children’s Individual Rights in Transnational Parental Relationships
- International and Comparative Family Law
- Vulnerable Migration
- Practice of Child Protection Stakeholders: Focus on Inter-agency Co-operation in Context
Dr Roberta RUGGIERO, Children’s Rights Academy, Prof. Paolo ROMANO, Private International Law Department and Prof. Karl HANSON, Centre for Children’s Rights Studies, University of Geneva
This module pertains to the intersection of international child protection and children’s rights. Children in need of protection hold individual rights that are impacted by parental relationships, behaviours and conducts. Such rights are enshrined in universal, regional and national legal instruments, such as the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the European Convention on Human Rights and national Constitutions at first. Inherently, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the European Court of Human Rights, respectively as quasi-judicial and judicial bodies, have in many occasions pinpointed the undeniable legal consequences, arising from parental relationships and litigation in national and transnational contexts, on the protection of children and their fundamental rights. Particularly, but not exhaustively, civil abduction, custody, adoption, surrogacy, family reunification, migration status, children’s properties have been crucial in the courts view for the determination of children as individual rights holders and subject to international protection. Lecturers will present selected topics of current research and practice, focusing on the above intersection. Discussions will follow after each intervention.
14:15 to 17:45
This module concerns the implementation of private international law rules governing international child protection, known as ‘International Family Law’. The latter includes international conventions and regional instruments typically determining jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition, cooperation among governmental and other bodies. As a comparative assessment, national laws, known as domestic rules, and national case law are part of this module. Parental relationships and litigation are the subject of multiple legal instruments, of national, regional and international nature, whose knowledge and interplay are fundamental for the timely transnational enforcement of child protection policies and measures. Also, alternative dispute resolution methods (i.e. Arbitration, Mediation) are referred to in this module as a way of preventing parental litigation in court. Lecturers will present selected topics of current research and practice, raising awareness about the above implementation and related issues, with the support of actual case law and law clinic. Discussions will follow after each intervention.
14:15 to 17:45
This module deals with the protection of unaccompanied minors, as well as with separated and displaced children seeking asylum. The context is the one of transnational movements whereby various vulnerable scenarios would be encountered, such as guardianship, legal representation, family reunification, civil abduction, child custody, recognition of child and family statuses. These are some of the legal situations that are envisaged by parallel family law and migration law procedures involving interconnected issues of vulnerable migration and child protection for civil purposes. Lecturers will present selected topics of current research and practice, handling this specific context in which transversal knowledge of international family law and migration law is required. Discussions will follow after each intervention.
14:15 to 17:45
This module accentuates both the legislative and practical course of transnational governance of child protection policies and civil measures, addressing the question of “who does what”? What are the potential fora in which international child protection policies are discussed, approved and enforced? Practically, when a child is victim of international civil abduction, which actors may be involved and how do they cooperate? This module aims to clarify and assess the role of all actors possibly involved in legislating and implementing child protection civil procedures, also with respect to vulnerable migration and asylum contexts, notably civil abduction, parental responsibility, maintenance, alternative care. Lecturers will present selected topics of current research and practice from the perspective of the stakeholders involved in international child protection policies and practices. Discussions will follow after each intervention.
14:15 to 17:45
Dynamic methods combining lectures, group discussions and workshops allowing interaction between theory and practice.
- University degree (or judged equivalent)
- At least two years of relevant professional experience
- Very good working knowledge of English
The programme is open to anyone interested in international child protection and does not require a legal background.
- Dr Roberta Ruggiero, Director Children’s Rights Academy, CIDE, University of Geneva
- Prof. Gian Paolo Romano, Professor at the Private International Law Department, University of Geneva
- Prof. Karl Hanson, Director of the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies, University of Geneva
- Vito Bumbaca, PhD, Former Assistant Lecturer, Deptartment of Private International Law, University of Geneva
Any withdrawal before the start of the programme will incur an administration fee of CHF 150.-. Fees will be payable in full once the course has begun.