Human Rights Law Centre

Summer School

Please note: The Summer School will not take place in 2018.

The Human Rights Law Centre Summer School is a unique, expert-led programme aimed at interested students* and:

  • people working in government
  • national human rights institutions
  • NGOs
  • international governmental organisation
  • legal professionals and academics.

The programme provides a small group of participants with knowledge, skills and insight, with emphasis on the practical application of human rights.

Summer School

Summer School 2016 - The Rights of the Child

SS1327 June - 1 July 2016

The Human Rights Law Centre Summer School on the Rights of the Child will run from 27 June - 1 July 2016. 

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 violence against children, refugee children, child participation, child poverty, business and children's rights, and child rights monitoring and advocacy.

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.

The Summer School is strongly participatory. The training methods include Q and A and group exercises. The working language for the Summer School is English. All participants will receive an extensive electronic file of resource materials. The Summer School faculty for 2016 are all highly experienced international experts on child rights, with backgrounds in advocacy, research and practice.

The Summer School faculty for 2016 include: 

  • Professor Kirsten Sandberg, Rapporteur of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and Professor in the Department of Public International Law at the University of Oslo
  • Professor Helen Stalford, Director of the European Children’s Rights Unit, Liverpool Law School, University of Liverpool
  • Dr Jason Pobjoy, Research Associate, Refugee Law Centre, University of Oxford, and Barrister, Blackstone Chambers, London
  • Professor Laura Lundy, Director of the Children's Rights Centre, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Lisa Myers, Consultant, former Director of Child Rights Connect
  • Professor Matthew Happold, Professor of Public International Law, University of Luxembourg
  • Dr Najat M’jid, former UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and International child rights expert
  • Patrick Geary, Children's Rights & Business Specialist, United Nations (UNICEF) Geneva
  • Professor Ralph Sandland, Professor of Law and Difference, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Helen Stalford, Professor of Law, Liverpool Law School
  • Veronica Yates, Director, Child Rights International Network (CRIN)

The Summer School in 2016 will be led by Professor Aoife Nolan, Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Nottingham and Academic Lead of the University's Children and Childhood Network.

Fees and registration

 The course fee is £1,000, which includes:

  • tuition
  • lunches and refreshments
  • course materials
  • accommodation (bed and breakfast)

For participants who do not require accommodation, the course fee is £750.

There is a non-refundable deposit of £200 payable upon registration. Please download the registration form and send it to

Participants are required to meet their own travel costs and arrange visa and other UK entry requirements.

* Undergraduate students will not normally be accepted onto the course if they do not have significant relevant professional experience.


For further information, please contact:

+44 (0)115 846 6309


Human Rights Law Centre

School of Law
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 846 8506