Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings: Exploring the use and application of European and international mechanisms for the protection of vulnerable and separated children's rights.
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Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings: Exploring the use and application of European and international mechanisms for the protection of vulnerable and separated children's rights.

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This event Exploring the use and application of European and International Mechanisms for the protection of vulnerable and separated children” in Brussels is part of the Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings project, the object of which is to build the capacity for legal professionals (including judges) to become more aware of the need for child centred justice in all judicial proceedings involving separated children.  The project will also ensure that legal professionals benefit from the knowledge and tools provided so as to ensure that the conduct and outcomes of such proceedings always take full account of the best interests of the child as a primary consideration

This event is hosted by the Committee of the Regions. 

The event will focus on the mechanisms at European and international level in cases concerning separated children.  It will support legal professionals and organisations working with separated children in considering key issues, including:

1. Identifying and planning for issues arising in litigation concerning children who are separated from their parent(s) or at risk of separation: Understanding the legal, procedural and practical issues which arise in proceedings

2. From national to international: When to think of taking a case onwards to European or International mechanisms: how do these cases arise, with which actors?

3. Comparing and contrasting International Mechanisms of Recourses in Europe: ECtHR, ESC, OP3

4.  Ensuring a multi-disciplinary approach to ensuring proper outcomes can be achieved.    

TARGET AUDIENCE & INTENDED SPEAKERS:

Legal professionals & judges in Belgium and neighbouring countries, organisations involved in supporting separated children involved in litigation, professionals involved in multi-disciplinary child centred justice, organisations involved in international and European litigation, EU and regional actors involved in child friendly justice, children’s ombudspersons, legal academics

- Judge Bianku (European Court of Human Rights
- Luc Van den Brande (Committee of the Regions)
- Bruno Van Obbergen (Flemish Children’s Commissioner
- Margaret Tuite (European Commission)
- Benoit Van Keirsblick (DCI International)
- Nuala Mole (AIRE Centre)
- Ursula Kilkelly (UCC)
- Eric Van der Mussele (Chair of Flemish Youth Lawyer’s Association)
- Rebecca O Donnell (Child Circle)
- as well as judges & lawyers, organisations involved in landmark cases, UN Petition Office, Guardians, & EU Commission officials.


ABOUT REGISTRATION:

Registration for this event is free. Please note that by completing this registration form, you are registering your interest in participating in this event. The provisional deadline for registration is October 7.  Please note that places are limited and your place will only be confirmed by the organisers by email from October 10, 2016.

For further information about this event, please contact: Rebecca O'Donnell (Child Circle) at rebecca@childcircle.eu and Alexandra Charwat-Pessler (AIRE Centre) at separatedchildren@airecentre.org.


PROVISIONAL AGENDA:

This two day event will include:

Opening Remarks from Luc Van den Brande, Committee of the Regions & Belgian & European Perspectives on Child Centred Justice from the Flemish Children’s Commissioner, Bruno Vanobbergen

PRESENTATIONS & mutual learning exchange on separated children, child-centred justice & European & international avenues of recourse including:

  • Identifying the specific needs/rights of separated children in judicial proceedings. Ensuring children are heard children: An overview of the common vulnerabilities/issues for the different groups of separated children; what the European and international avenues of recourse have to offer to address these issues.

  • Focussing on European and international avenues of recourse: Outline of specific procedural issues with regard to the involvement of separated children in European and international fora, addressing issues such as: what type of cases concerning children go to these fora? How do you get cases to these fora?  Can children bring cases in their own right and independently of any person with parental authority? What is the scope of the decision? What effect does a decision have on the underlying case? Strategic choices of forum?

 

WORKSHOPS/ DISCUSSION GROUPS: European & International Avenues of Recourse: (a) European Court of Human Rights; (b) European Committee of Social Rights and (c) Complaints Mechanism under Optional Protocol No 3 of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Purpose of the workshops: Training on the key questions concerning admissibility, exhaustion of domestic remedies, type of hearing access to legal assistance, capacity...

 

-  SECOND SET OF WORKSHOPS: Child Centred Justice & Multidisciplinary Approaches to Litigation Multi-disciplinarity: the different actors & the different roles they play

  • What that means for initiating & building international & European cases: collecting information on the child’s situation, child protection issues, etc

  • Policy developments & international guidance on the same

  • Perspectives from organisations & actors working with children in litigation

-  CASE STUDIES FROM LEGAL PROFESSIONALS: Ensuring Child Centred Justice. Exploring Features of European Law & International Law Concerning Separated Children. Bringing Key European Judgements Concerning Separated Children Into Focus.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS on & resources for legal professionals; & Enhancing child centred justice: the path forward

KEY NOTE SPEECH from Judge Ledi Bianku of the European Court of Human Rights


This event is part of the Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings Project, a collaboration between the AIRE Centre in the United Kingdom, Child Circle in Belgium, the Centre for Women War Victims (ROSA) in Croatia and the University College Cork in Ireland. This project is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union.



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