The UNCRC: roles and effectiveness

24th January 2022 : 17:00 - 18:30

Category: Public Seminar

Speaker: Chair: Dr Naomi Lott, Speaker 1: Mr. Benjamin Perks , Speaker 2: Professor David Archard, Speaker 3: Dr Conrad Nyamutata, Speaker 4: ​​Hyshyama Hamin

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

Today, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) represents a definition of childhood and children’s rights, broadly known by different institutions and actors who study child’s rights and development. As the most widely-ratified international human rights treaty, we are interested in investigating UNCRC’s roles and impacts on how children experience childhood nowadays. This panel presents views on the goals and prospects of this Convention, and it also brings diverse perspectives on the effectiveness of UNCRC and its sufficiency in policy and practice within different contexts.


About the speakers:

Chair: TBC 

Speaker 1: TBC

Speaker 2: David Archard is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast, Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Honorary Vice-President of the Society for Applied Philosophy. He is an applied moral philosopher who has published widely on many topics, especially the moral and political status of children, the family, and sexual ethics, and who has played a prominent role in public policy through his work as a Member and Deputy Chair of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority and now as the Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.
Speaker 3: Dr Conrad Nyamutata is a senior lecturer in law and institute head of research students (Institute for Law, Justice and Society) at De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom.  He is a former journalist in Zimbabwe. He has worked for the Leicester Racial Equality Council and the British Red Cross in the UK. Conrad’s teaching and research interests lie in the broader areas of international criminal law, international human rights, international humanitarian law and terrorism. His PhD focused on children and armed conflict and the philosophy of international law and has published widely on child soldiering and human rights.

Speaker 4: TBC