CRC Webinar - Using the Convention in Practice – A view from the Bar

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This webinar is the tenth in a series which is developing greater knowledge and understanding of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). This webinar looks at the opportunities to advance children’s rights using state based human rights charters, with a focus on Victoria. While these laws do not incorporate international human rights law and do not explicitly refer to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the lack of such a requirement does not preclude use of the CRC, CRPD, General Comments and other UN instruments in judicial decision-making, judgments, and legal arguments. The webinar continues on from the previous webinar in the series, held in September, in which New Zealand Judge Tony Fitzgerald reflected on the benefits of applying the CRC (and CRPD) in achieving better outcomes for children and young people and on what using the CRC means for children, litigators, the police, social services and others working with children. This webinar will draw on the perspectives of two practicing barristers to explore how the CRC and the Victorian Charter of Human Rights can be used in judicial proceedings. They will share their experiences in applying human rights-based arguments in litigation and discuss what could be done to enable or encourage reference to the CRC and the UN Committee’s Concluding Observations in cases, litigation and judgments.
20th October, 2021 5:00 PM through  6:00 PM