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Children’s Rights: Families, Guidance and Evolving Capacities

17 and 18 July 2019

This invitation-only colloquium is the fifth in a series focusing on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Following on from events on Articles 2, 3, 6 and 12 of the Convention, this colloquium will address Article 5, which protects the responsibilities, rights and duties of parents or others to provide, in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child, appropriate direction and guidance in the exercise by the child of his/her rights.

Spanning two days, this interdisciplinary event will bring together international experts from law, sociology, and neuroscience, as well as representatives from civil society and international organisations.

Key topics will include:

  • The rights and responsibilities of parents;
  • Alternative care, adoption, and information on origins;
  • Poverty and child development;
  • Corporal punishment;
  • Gender, sex and bodily integrity.

Selected papers from this colloquium will be published in a Special Edition of the International Journal of Children's Rights, published in early 2020.


A full programme is available to download.


The Conference is organised by Cambridge Family Law, with support from the Cambridge Socio-Legal Group, the Strategic Research Initiative, and Robinson College.


Robinson College CambridgeAccommodation for conference attendees and accompanying persons is available in Robinson College.

Participants should have received a booking code in their information pack:

Room booking

Visiting the University

Information about visiting Cambridge, and the University, can be found online.


If you have any queries about the colloquium, or the booking of the accommodation please contact us via email:

Brian Sloan (
Claire Fenton-Glynn (