Future Planning: Durable Solutions for Separated Children Conference

When: 13 November 2015, Registration 9.15, Conference 10-6
Where: Royal Marine Hotel Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland

The Irish Refugee Council, UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice and TUSLA the Child and Family Agency presents:

Future Planning: Durable Solutions for Separated Children in Europe Conference

Conference closing the Pilot Project on Unaccompanied Minors of the European Commission: Best Practice in Finding and Implementing Durable Solutions for Separated Children in Europe Launch of all 9 National Reports and International Toolkit

CPD available for legal professionals and social workers


Keynote Speaker

bhabha-headshot-medium_2Professor Jacqueline Bhabha

Jacqueline Bhabha is FXB Director of Research, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.  She received a first class honors degree and an M.Sc. from Oxford University, and a J.D. from the College of Law in London.

From 1997 to 2001 Bhabha directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago.  Prior to 1997, she was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.  She has published extensively on issues of transnational child migration, refugee protection, children’s rights and citizenship. She is the editor of Children Without A State (2011), author of Moving Children: Young Migrants and the Challenge of Rights (forthcoming, Princeton University Press, 2014), and the editor of Coming of Age: Reframing the Approach to Adolescent Rights(forthcoming, UPenn Press, 2014).

Bhabha serves on the board of the Scholars at Risk Network, the World Peace Foundation and the Journal of Refugee Studies.  She is also a founder of the Alba Collective, an international women’s NGO currently working with rural women and girls in developing countries to enhance financial security and youth rights.

Opened by

imagesJustice Catherine McGuinness

Catherine McGuinness is a former President of the Law Reform Commission, a former judge of the Circuit Court (1994-1996), the first woman to serve on the Court, and justice of the High Court (1996-2000) and of the Supreme Court (2000-2006).


Jyothi Jyothi Kanics



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Thomas Dunning



Martine_Goeman_klein Martine Goeman 




Cyndi Njoki



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 katjaKatja Fournier 



farnan Jessica Farnan




 Jantine Walst



Project Partners

(Lead) Irish Refugee Council in conjunction with University College Dublin School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice and TUSLA Child and Family Agency Social Work Team for Separated Children

European Partners: Greek Council for Refugees, The Children’s SocietyHope for Children UNCRC Policy CentreDefence for Children – ECPACT The NetherlandsPeople for Change FoundationService Droit de JeunesHuman Rights LeagueBundesfachverband Unbegleitete Minderjahrige Fluchtlinge and in collaboration with the Separated Children in Europe Programme 


Book your place at the conference and networking dinner

Dinner Thursday evening at Oliveto in Dun Laoghaire, 7pm

Book your accommodation

For more information: samantha@irishrefugeecouncil.ie

Conference on Twitter: #DSDublin15

To see programme click here


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