Summer School on International Children's Rights

Frontiers of Children's Rights

Leiden and The Hague, 6-10 July 2015


The Grotius Centre is very pleased to announce that the third edition of the summer course on international children's rights will be held at Leiden University in July 2015.

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.


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.

The programme of the Children's Rights Summer School of 2014 is available.
The schedule for the 2015 session will be posted soon.

Course faculty

The following academics taught the 2014 session:

Professor Ton Liefaard (Leiden University)
Professor Julia Sloth-Nielsen (Leiden University)
Professor Willliam Schabas (Leiden University)
Professor Mariëlle Bruning (Leiden University)
Professor Jaap Doek (Former Chair UN Committee on the Rights of the Child)
Professor Ursula Kilkelly (University College Cork)
Professor Karin Arts (ISS, Erasmus University)

Ms. Tulika Bansal (Danish Institute for Human Rights)
Prof. Simone van der Hof(Leiden University)
Dr. Thoko Kaime (University of Leicester)
Ms. Bep van Sloten (International Alternative Care Expert)
Dr. Stephanie Rap (Utrecht University)
Mr. Andrew Mawson (UNICEF Office of Research)

Special Features

  • * Seminar with UNICEF & Defence for Children International in the Children’s Rights House
    * Excursion to a youth institution
    * Field trip to the International Criminal Court
    * Canal boat tour through the historic town of Leiden
    * Farewell dinner at the beach in Scheveningen.


The students in this course will receive a certificate of participation after completion of the programme.

Furthermore, 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.

Voices of the summer school

Scholarships and fees

The registration fees for the 2015 session are:

* €1100 for professionals

* €900 for students

The fees includes access to the Leiden University Network and Blackboard (a digital learning environment on which course information and the course reading will be posted) 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 amount of applicants will be admitted to this summer school. The course is mainly aimed at professionals, but advanced students are invited to apply as well.

Please apply by using the Summer School Registration Form 2015.


Please note that the accommodation is not included in the course fee and it will not be organized by The Grotius Centre. The participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, but, if you need any help, we will be happy to assist. A list with accommodation options can be found here for Leiden and for The Hague.


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