International Children's Rights

Frontiers of Children's Rights

Leiden and The Hague, 11- 15 July 2016

Frontiers of Children's Rights provides a comprehensive children's rights course, which takes a close look at contemporary children's rights issues from a legal perspective accompanied by reflections from other academic disciplines, legal systems, local perceptions and realities. Leading academic and professional experts in the field of children's rights, international law and other relevant disciplines offer inspiring and interactive lectures, seminars and excursions in and around Leiden Law School. The classes will be taught in the beautiful premises of the renovated Leiden Observatory. On Friday the participants will visit the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Classes will be taught at the Campus The Hague premises that day. The week will be concluded with a dinner party at the beach in Scheveningen.


  • Children in the justice system
  • Alternative care: protection of the family and the child
  • Emerging Global issues: whose responsibility?
  • Protection and participation of children in (armed) conflict
  • C hildren’s Rights and digital technologies

Course faculty

Professor Ton Liefaard, Professor of Children's Rights (UNICEF chair) at Leiden Law School and Professor Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Professor of Children’s Rights in the Developing World at Leiden Law School will coordinate the course.
The faculty for the upcoming session will be announced soon. The following academics and experts taught in the 2015 session:

  • Prof. Ton Liefaard, Professor of Children's Rights (UNICEF chair) at Leiden Law School.
  • Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen, Professor of Children’s Rights in the Developing World at Leiden Law School.
  • Prof. Willliam Schabas, Professor of Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law at Leiden Law School.
  • Prof. Mariëlle Bruning, Professor of Children and the Law at Leiden Law School.
  • Prof. Jaap Doek, Emeritus Professor of Family and Juvenile Law, Former Chair UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
  • Prof. Ursula Kilkelly, Head of the College of Business and Law, University College Cork.
  • Monique Ekoko , Deputy Representative, UNHCR Representation to the African Union and the Economic Commission for Africa.
  • Ms. Tulika Bansal, Advisor, Human Rights and Development, Danish Institute for Human Rights.
  • Prof. Simone van der Hof, Director of Centre for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw) at Leiden Law School.
  • Ms. Bep van Sloten, International Alternative Care Expert.
  • Dr Ursina Weidkuhn, Former Juvenile Judge in Switzerland & International Juvenile Justice Consultant.
  • Dr. Cynthia Chamberlain, Legal Officer, International Criminal Court
  • H.E. Judge Joyce Aluoch, Vice-President, International Criminal Court

Special Features

  • Seminar on the role of NGO's with UNICEF & Defence for Children International
  • Excursion to a youth detention centre
  • Excursion to the International Criminal Court
  • Canal boat tour through Leiden
  • Farewell dinner at the beach


The students in this course will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme. Upon request we can issue a statement regarding the amount of ECTS credits we would assign to this course, based on the number of hours in class, preparation time and assignments, keeping in mind that 1 ECTS equals 28 hours of study. Your university can then evaluate this course and decide whether they will indeed award ECTS credits.

Scholarships and fees

The registration fee for the 2016 session is €900. The fee includes excursions, lunches and refreshments on course days, welcome drinks, a canal boat tour through the historic town of Leiden and a farewell banquet at the beach.
A limited number of fee waivers are available for this course. If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, please send us a separate request in which you clearly state why you should be considered for the fee waiver. 

The deadline to apply for a fee waiver is 1 May 2016. The awardees will be informed via email on 9 May 2016.


This summer school is aimed at law students (who have completed at least three years of their degree), young graduates and professionals with a background in law. Applicants with a background in other relevant disciplines that are relevant to the theme of the summer school will be considered as well.

All classes are taught in English. Even though applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, they have to be fluent in English in order to follow the courses and interact with fellow students.

To apply please send us:

1. The completed application form;
2. A copy of your curriculum vitae;
3. A cover letter (one page) in which you clearly explain why you apply for this course;
4. A copy of your passport or identity card;
5. A recent portrait picture.

Your application can be emailed to
Please note that only complete applications are considered. All applications are dealt with on an individual basis. Provided you are considered eligible, you will receive a pre-admission email. Your admission to the course will be complete once the payment of the fee is made.

The deadline for application is 1 June 2016. Applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis. Early application is strongly encouraged as places are limited.


Please note that the accommodation is not included in the course fee. Participants in the summer school need to arrange accommodation for their stay. The Leiden University Housing Office can assist in this matter. More information regarding short stay housing can be found on the Housing Office website.

Student testimonials

If you would like to know how former participants experienced this course, please watch this video for an impression:





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