Neisha Shepherd attends International Conference CRC 25 years

To herald the 25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Department of Child Law of Leiden University organised the international conference ‘25 Years CRC’ in The Netherlands. On Tuesday 18 November and Wednesday 19 November 2014 more than 300 children’s rights expert from all over the world convened in the City Music Hall in Leiden to actively discuss the following two questions: a. What has the Children’s Rights Convention brought us so far? and b. How can the implementation of children’s rights be improved in the next 25 years?

During this two-day conference many reputable children’s rights experts spoke, including Prof. Dr. Michael Freeman from University College London, Dr. Hans van Loon, Former Secretary General at the Hague Conference on Private International Law, and the National Rapporteur Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence against Children, Corinne Dettmeijer-Vermeulen. In the so-called ‘arm chair sessions’ several experts who were involved with the drafting of the CRC were consulted on the drafting process, their expectations then and the outcome so far.

The gathering of so many people who are driven by children’s rights was unique and turned out to be the perfect recipe for a good atmosphere, the exchange of information, the discussion of several issues and to come up with new conclusions and plans.

Neisha’s presentation was titled ‘Invisible Children: Perspectives from a Child Rights Lawyer’ and focused on Children’s Rights and Migration. The below video created by Ayden Shepherd, Daniel Linnet and Mitch Morgan kicked off her presentation.