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Register Now - Launch of "Advancing Children’s Rights in Detention: A Model for International Reform"

24 Nov 2021

The new book, authored by Professor Ursula Kilkelly and Pat Bergin and published by Bristol University Press, will be launched at a virtual event on Friday 26 November, 12:30-2:00pm.

The launch is free to attend but advance registration is essential via the below link.

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About the book

Applying a child-centred model of detention that fulfils the rights of the child under the five themes of provision, protection, participation, preparation and partnership, this original book illustrates how reform can happen. Drawing on Ireland’s experience of transforming law, policy and practice, and combining theory with real-life experiences from Oberstown Children Detention Campus, this compelling book demonstrates how children’s rights can be implemented in detention. This important case study of reform presents a powerful argument for a progressive, rights-based approach to child detention. Worthy of international application, the book shares practical insights into how theory can be translated into practice. Find out more:

About the launch event

Joining Professor Ursula Kilkelly and Pat Bergin at the event will be Professor Ann Skelton (University of Pretoria, Committee on the Rights of the Child), Benoit Van Keirsbilck (Committee on the Rights of the Child and Director DCI-Belgium) and Professor Nancy Dowd (University of Florida Levin College of Law). The launch event will be chaired by Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland, and there will be an opportunity for you to ask questions of the panel at the end.

The book will be available at 50% discount for all event attendees.

Further discussion on the UCC School of Law podcast

Professor Ursula Kilkelly and Pat Bergin have recorded a special episode for the UCC School of Law podcast where they discuss the book and their experiences of applying a child-centred model of detention to Oberstown Children Detention Campus. Listen now wherever you get your podcasts (by searching “UCC School of Law") or via:

Read more

The authors have also co-written a blog post about the book, which you can read here: 

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