2015 Symposium

The year 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified international treaty in the world. Children’s rights, however, remain a contested and insecure reality. Various phenomena, including armed conflict, post-conflict transitions, natural disasters, migration, and internal displacement create “fragile” situations, in which legal and social protection for children is non-existent, weak, or ineffective. In some instances, fragile contexts render children’s rights ambiguous, untenable, or precarious. In other, there is a disjuncture between de jure and de facto rights provisions. In others still, a children’s rights framework may clash or cause tensions with local conceptions of childhood. Further research and discussion on children’s rights is thus a timely, but also complicated and multifaceted endeavour.
This symposium aims to bring together PhD students and early-career researchers from a range of disciplines, including, but not limited to, law, sociology, anthropology, development studies, socio-legal studies, criminology and economics. During the symposium, we will explore the theoretical and methodological challenges arising when conducting research on children’s rights in various fragile contexts. The symposium will include two thematic sessions centred on children’s rights in conflict and post-conflict and on children’s rights in mobility and migration. To conclude, the two sessions will be followed by an informal roundtable discussion.

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Children’s Rights in Fragile Contexts: Exploring Theoretical and Methodological Challenges
Saturday 6th June 2015
Harold Lee Room, Pembroke College, University of Oxford • Pembroke Square, Oxford OX1 1DW UK
8:45 – 9:00
Introduction & Housekeeping
9:00 – 09:15
Keynote: Dr. Jason Hart, University of Bath
9:15 – 10:15
Chair: Elena Butti
(followed by a brief 15-minute coffee break)
Capturing Children’s Experiences of their Rights in Migration
10:30 – 12:30
Chair and Discussant: Lea Boergerding
“I Write with the Right”. The Legal Consciousness of Panamian Ngäbe Children Migrating to Costa Rica for the Coffee Harvest and the Vernacularization of the UN CRC
Carrie van der Kroon, Lawyers Without Borders The Netherlands
What do the Bedouin Children Want? – Participatory Research with Bedouin Stateless Children in Lebanon
Leila Younes, Free University of Berlin
Negotiated Futures: Experiences of ‘becoming adult’ among 16-17 year old unaccompanied migrants in Italy
Jenny Allsopp, University of Oxford
Engendering Children’s Movement: A Participatory Technique to Unveil the Subjectivities and Multile Realities of Young Migrants
Thomas Yeboah, University of Cambridge
12:30 – 13:30
Institutional Approaches to the Rights of Migrant Children
13:30 – 15:30
Chair and Discussant: Stacy Topouzova
The Voice(less): A Critical Analysis Exploring the Participation of Unaccompanied
Minors in Canada’s Refugee Determination System
Maddie Pearlman, University of Oxford
Immigration Judges and Children’s Rights: How Judges Decide Cases on Residency
When Children Are Involved
Ellen Nisen, Radboud University Nijmegen
Immigration Detention of Children in International Law
Yulia Ioffe, University of Oxford
The Fragile Contexts of Teenage-Jihadis in the Netherlands: Solutions on a Children’s
Rights Based Approach
Maria de Jong-de Kruijf, Leiden Law School
(followed by a brief 15-minute coffee break)
Children and their Rights in Conflict and Post-Conflict
15:45 – 17:15
Chair and Discussant: Aeden Pillai
Between Legal Rights and Lived Experiences: Children in Transitional Justice. The
Colombian Case
Elena Butti, University of Oxford
“Maybe That’s How They Learned in the Past; but Today This is not How We Learn”:
Children’s Voices on Barriers to Engagement with School Learning in Postwar Lebanon
Lena Bahou, University of Edinburgh
Non-Governmental Organizations and Children’s Participation after 2011 January
Revolution in Egypt: Authentic or Tokenistic Participation
Iman Moustafa, Free University of Berlin
Roundtable Discussion
17:15 – 18:15
Chairs: Elena Butti & Aeden Pillai
This symposium is organised by the Oxford Children’s Rights Network with the kind support of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, and is generously sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre of Oxford.



4 responses to “2015 Symposium

  1. Sounds v. interesting – just shared the network on twitter, I’m sharing research on children’s rights (@Research_CRC). Is a call for papers coming up?


  2. Pingback: Children’s Rights Symposium: Call for Papers | Oxford Children's Rights Network·

  3. Pingback: Oxford PhD Symposium on Children’s Rights in Fragile Contexts·

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