Rights of the Child - HRLC Summer School


Programme fact file

Programme title: Rights of the Child - Human Rights Law Centre Summer School
Qualification: CPD Units
Start date: TBC
Duration: 5 days
Maximum places available: Limited
Fees: Fees include tuition, lunches and refreshments and course materials

• £1,000 with accommodation (bed and breakfast)
• £750 without accommodation
• £200 deposit (non-refundable) payable upon registration 
Available on weekends/evenings: No 

School of Law, Human Rights Law Centre

Programme overview

Course description

The Summer School will examine international and regional child rights law, including the work of the international courts and treaty-monitoring bodies mandated to consider violations of the rights of the child.

This is an interactive programme in which all participants will be encouraged to be fully involved. The training methods include Q&A and group exercises. The working language is English. All participants will receive an electronic file of resource materials.

The Summer School faculty staff are highly experienced experts in child rights, with backgrounds in advocacy, research and practice.


The Summer School is aimed broadly at current and potential professionals in non-governmental organisations, inter-governmental organisations, national human rights institutions, relevant state bodies, interested academics and students.


The objective of this exciting programme is to consider issues concerning the rights of the child that are a matter of current legal, political and societal attention, both internationally and comparatively. These include child participation, child poverty, children in conflict and child rights monitoring and advocacy.

Course Director

Aoife Nolan

Professor Aoife Nolan, Professor of International Human Rights Law

Aoife Nolan, LLB (Dublin), PhD (EUI), joined the School of Law as Professor of International Human Rights Law in 2012. She is Academic Lead of the interdisciplinary University of Nottingham Children and Childhood Network (which includes 150 academics from 24 Schools and Departments, including 30 professors).

She is also Academic Lead of the Human Rights Law Centre Summer School on Child Rights and Co-Director of the centre's Economic and Social Rights Unit. Aoife is a member of the HRLC team on FRAME (Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies), a large-scale, four-year (2013-2017) collaborative research project funded involving 19 research centres from around the world under the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).

She has published extensively in the areas of human rights, particularly in relation to economic and social rights and children's rights, as well as on constitutional law. Her monograph Children's Socio-economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts was published by Hart Publishing in September 2011. It won the IALT Kevin Boyle Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Birks Book Prize.

Aoife is a founding coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights Academic Network UKI (ESRAN-UKI). She is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Human Rights Law Review, the International Human Rights Law Review and the International Journal of Children's Rights.

Her recent books include Human Rights and Public Finance: Budgets and the Promotion of Economic and Social Rights (Hart Publishing, 2013) (lead editor), Applying an International Human Rights Framework to State Budget Allocations: Rights and Resources (Routledge, 2014) (co-author) and Economic and Social Rights after the Global Financial Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2014) (editor).

Programme detail

Centre details

The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) was established in 1993 to conduct human rights research in post-Soviet Russia and provide training to the judiciary and law enforcement agencies across the former territories.

Since these early projects, the centre's commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights and the establishment and strengthening of the rule of law worldwide has grown to accommodate the key human rights challenges experienced in our increasingly globalised world.

The centre is part of the University's School of Law and benefits from collaboration with an international network of members and fellows.

School details

The School of Law is consistently ranked amongst the leading law schools in the United Kingdom. We are a world-ranked centre for legal research and teaching and have been rated as excellent in both areas.

Our staff are internationally recognised in their fields and are active scholars and teachers.


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