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Children’s Rights Expert Visits Otago

Friday, 2 December 2016 3:38pm


The Faculty of Law and Children’s Issues Centre were delighted to host a visit by Professor Michael Freeman this week.

Professor Michael Freeman is Emeritus Professor of English Law at UCL Faculty of Laws. He is the Founding Editor of the International Journal of Children's Rights; & Editor of the International Journal of Law in Context, General Editor of International Library of Medicine, Ethics and Law and of the International Library of Family, Society and Law and former Editor of the Annual Survey of Family Law. He was editor of Current Legal Problems. In 2015 Professor Freeman also delivered the Hamlyn Lecture series on Children’s Rights.

Professor Freeman is an international expert in, and has published in the areas of Family Law, Child Law and Policy, Children’s Rights, Medicine, Ethics and the Law and Medical Law, Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, and other areas of law and policy.

During his visit to Otago, Professor Freeman was involved in a symposium on Children’s Rights: International and National Perspectives, where he opened the symposium with a presentation on the general state of children’s rights in the world, which was followed by presentations from Judge Andrew Becroft (Children’s Commissioner), John Hancock (Human Rights Commission), Dr Amanda D'Souza (University of Otago, Wellington) and Dr Emily Keddell (University of Otago) who all addressed various aspects of Children’s Rights. A number of academics and local practitioners were also in attendance.

Professor Freeman also presented a public lecture: From Article 12 to Votes at 12, where he discussed Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and whether children should have the right to vote.

On Monday 5th December, Professor Freeman will also be delivering a seminar in Auckland on the topic: 27 years is a long time – how different would a Convention on the Rights of the Child 2016 look? This is being hosted by the Faculty of Law, Children’s Issues Centre, Action for Children & Youth Aotearoa and YouthLaw.