Child on the edge: plight of children in fragile and conflict states

14th February 2022 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Public Seminar

Speaker: Chair: Federica D’Alessandra, Speaker 1: Dr Omar Awadallah, Speaker 2: Brad Parker, Speaker 3: Mirza Saaib, Speaker 4: TBC

Location: Zoom webinar

Convener: Leon Feinstein

Audience: Public


Part of a seminar series interrogating the concept of rights of the child and implications for research, policy and practice

Article 19 of the UNCRC addresses violence against children, emphasising that State Parties must have proper laws in place to prohibit violence, and requiring States to implement administrative, social and educational measures to protect children. All forms of violence, both physical and mental, fall under article 19. In 2019, 1.6 billion children (69%) were living in a conflict-affected country. Approximately, 426 million children (over one in six) were living in a conflict zone in 2019. This constitutes a 2% increase from 2018. The ramifications of conflict on the implementation of UNCRC and other treaties aiming at protecting the rights of children are worthy of investigation as they delve into the issue of power dynamics. The third seminar of this series discusses the state of the child in conflict states, from the point of view of different stakeholders. The speakers include researchers, government officials, and civil society/NGOs from the occupied Palestinian territories and Kashmir. 


About the speakers:

Chair: ​​Federica D’Alessandra is the Deputy Director of the Blavatnik School of Government’s Institute for Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict (ELAC), and the founding Executive Director of the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security, based at ELAC. She is also an Academic Affiliate of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, a member of the Steering Committee of the Oxford Network of Peace Studies, and a mentor for the Oxford Character Project. Federica has been recognised by Forbes magazine as one of “30 Under 30” leaders with “the likelihood of changing the field of law and policy over the next half-century”.

Speaker 1: TBC

Speaker 2: TBC

Speaker 3: TBC

Speaker 4: TBC