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23 April 2016

EVENT 28/29 April 2016:

Conference on Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings

London, 28-29 April 2016

St Bride Foundation
Bride Lane, Fleet Street
London, EC4Y 8EQ



The AIRE Centre, in collaboration with, Child Circle in Belgium, the Centre for Women War Victims (ROSA) in Croatia and the University College Cork in Ireland, hosted a conference in London on Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings on the 28th and 29th April 2016.

It brought together judges and practitioners from different fields to share their experience of litigating issues, which have an impact on children who are separated from or being separated from their parents and siblings - with a view to ensuring that the interests of the children are always central to the proceedings.

Themes discussed:

  • Children as European Citizens
  • Children and imprisonment
  • Children in cross-border relocation and abduction situations
  • Children in public and private family law proceedings
  • Child asylum seekers, separated and unaccompanied children
  • Child victims of trafficking
  • Children litigating before the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child


For the full Programme click here



Baroness Brenda Hale, Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court

Judge Ledi Bianku, European Court of Human Rights

Dr Silvia Casale, former President of European Committee for the Prevention of Torture

Lucy Gampell OBE, Children of Prisoners Europe (COPE)

Mr Justice McCloskey, Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber

Professor Ursula Kilkelly, University College Cork

Nuala Mole, The AIRE Centre

Raza Husain QC, Matrix Chambers

Catriona Jarvis, formerly Upper Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber

Deirdre Fottrell QC, 1 Garden Court

Liz Anne Gumbel QC, One Crown Office Row

Elspeth Guild, Kingsley Napley

Kristīne Līcis, Representative of Latvia before European Court of Human Rights

Navtej Singh Ahluwalia, Garden Court Chambers

Chris Buttler, Matrix Chambers

Quincy Whitaker, Doughty Street Chambers

Catherine Meredith, Doughty Street Chambers

Dr Julia Brophy, University of Oxford

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, Dawson Cornwell      

Matthew Evans, The AIRE Centre

Kathryn Cronin, Garden Court Chambers

Adrian Berry, Garden Court Chambers

Michael Wilderspin, European Commission

Martha Cover, Coram Chambers

Elizabeth Walsh, Editor of Family Law and International Family Law


For more information on the Separated Children Project please CLICK HERE


This event is CPD accredited.


This conference is the first event of our Separated Children in Judicial Proceedings Project. We have been able to keep the fees for attending modest thanks to part-funding from the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union and the generous support of a number of barristers’ chambers and Reed Smith LLP.

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This publication has been produced with the financial support of the Rights, Equality and Citizenship (REC) Programme of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the AIRE Centre and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.



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