Easier said than done: 20 years of children’s rights between law and practice

Institute of Commonwealth Studies

2009 marked the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The conference, organised by Angela Melchiorre in the Centre for International Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in cooperation with the Institute of Education and UCL’s Institute of Child Health, assessed the value of the CRC in engaging with dilemmas on the ground, in devising multi-faceted approaches other than the purely legal or technical, and in evolving to meet new challenges.

The interdisciplinary nature of the conference created new networks, offering opportunities for collaborative work going beyond academic boundaries and establishing new partnerships with policy-makers and practitioners. These have resulted in a two-way exchange of knowledge between research, policy and practice, thus increasing engagement with the wider community and bringing social benefits in the greater realisation of children's rights.

See conference webpages for further details.