Webinar: 24th March, 2021 9.00-10.00 am AEDT

The Convention on the Rights of the Child does not contain an explicit right to freedom from poverty. However, for children to enjoy the rest of the rights outlined in the Convention, this human right addressing poverty is key. The response from UN members at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review highlighted the shortcomings in the protection of children in regard to poverty and echoed the recommendations in the Concluding Observations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) Committee. This fourth webinar in the CRC series will look at the impacts of poverty on the rights of children.


Professor Philip Alston – John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University, former Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights (2014-20); chairperson (1991-98) and Rapporteur (1987-91) of the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights; and UNICEF’s Senior Legal Adviser on children’s rights (1986-92).

Professor Sharon Bessell – Director of Gender Equity and Diversity and head of the Children’s Policy Centre at the Australian National University.

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