Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Models of Guardianship: Protecting Migrant Children

On 28th November the Irish Refugee Council (whose director, Dr Siobhan Mullally, is also co-director of the CCJHR) will hold a one-day seminar in Cork entitled Models of Guardianship: Protecting Migrant Children. The objectives of the seminar are to:


  • Raise awareness about relevant national and international obligations regarding the role and responsibilities of guardians for separated children
  • Highlight research and showcase good practice from other countries
  • Compare Irish practice with international standards and good practice models
  • Solicit recommendations for improving Irish practice in the future

Speakers will include Thomas Hammarberg, COE Commissioner for Human Rights, Céline Dermine (Belgian Legal Expert), Manuel Jordão UNHCR Representative in Ireland, Freda McKittrick , Beacon Guardian ad Litem Service, Barnardos; Lea Nykänen, Finnish Guardian; Nadine Finch Barrister at Law, Garden Court Chambers, U.K.; Save the Children U.K.; Geoffrey Shannon Special Rapporteur for Child Protection; and Dilly O'Brien of the Office of the Minister for Children.

Completed registration forms should be returned asap to emilia[at]irishrefugeecouncil.ie or faxed to 01 873 00 88.

Full details - including how to book - are available here.

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