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Children and imprisonment: global perspectives, national practices, rights and remedies

  • Date: 17 Dec 2019

  • Location: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty St, London WC1N 2LS


  • Book your place : Free (donations welcome)

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    A Howard League lawyers’ network event

    In association with the Standing Committee for Youth Justice and Doughty Street Chambers Children’s Rights Group

    Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty St, London WC1N 2LS
    17 December 2019, 6pm to 8pm

    This seminar marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with a special focus on the rights of children in prison in the UK and around the world. The Convention is the most widely-ratified human rights treaty in history, with the US being the only UN member state that has abstained, but it is also the most violated – and particularly so for children in custody.

    It will include:

    • Reflections on the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty
    • Overview of the Howard League’s work to bring the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to life
    • Discussion on practical steps to stem the flow of children into custody and improve the rights of children who are detained.


    • Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC, Doughty Street Chambers (Chair)
    • Professor Barry Goldson, Charles Booth Chair of Social Science, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool
    • Pippa Goodfellow, Director, Standing Committee for Youth Justice
    • Dr Laura Janes, Legal Director, Howard League for Penal Reform
    • Dr Alpa Parmar, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford

    All our children: The work of the Howard League to make the rights of children in trouble a reality in England and Wales can be downloaded here.

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