Welcome to another week.

A free online event looking at children’s rights in family law and how to protect them marks the launch of an international handbook on child participation in family law cases.

The July press release for the handbook says:

“The handbook offers an analysis of human rights instruments, to which UCERF researcher Charlotte Mol contributed, and examines the pedagogical aspects of child participation.

Child participation in private international law and in national proceedings on divorce, separation, custody and child abduction is the focus.

Experts from 17 countries, including UCERF researchers Wendy Schrama and Christina Jeppesen-de Boer, take stock of national law and reflect on possible improvements.”

The launch features several speakers, including: Professor Ann Skelton, UNESCO Chair in Education Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria, Rotating Honorary Chair of Enforcement of Children’s Rights at the Department of Child Law of the University of Leiden, and Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and; Mrs. Ewa Kopacz, European Parliament Coordinator on Children’s Rights and Vice-President of the European Parliament.

The event, which takes place in October, has been organised by the handbook’s editors: prof. Mariëlle Bruning (Leiden University), dr. Marilyn Freeman (ICFLPP and Westminster Law School), prof. Wendy Schrama (UCERF, UU) and prof. Nicola Taylor (University of Otago).

You can register to attend this event by contacting the event’s organisers at i.n.b.d.wilbrink@uu.nl

The online launch is on 15th October, from 10am to 12.30pm (we assume European time, so 9am to 11.30pm UK time).

The International Handbook on Child Participation in Family Law is 99 Euros, a price point aimed at legal professionals and law firms. However if you would really like a copy, please let us know and we will contact the publishers to ask if they might consider donating some copies.

Thanks to Global Child for posting this event, and the event’s schedule below, on Twitter.