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UCC School of Law’s Professor Ursula Kilkelly presents her global research on children’s rights in Chile as part of World Vision series

30 Sep 2021

The presentation and dialogue was part of seminar series, organised by World Vision Chile, on ‘Constitutions of the World and the Rights of Children and Adolescents’.

Professor Ursula Kilkelly of the UCC School of Law presented her global research to a large and diverse Chilean audience on Wednesday 22 September on the topic, ‘Incorporation of Children’s Rights - Learning from global experience’. Professor Kilkelly was invited by World Vision Chile as part of their series on ‘Constitutions of the World and the Rights of Children and Adolescents’.

Professor Kilkelly’s presentation was designed to share learnings from her global research on the incorporation of children’s rights into national legal systems and from her collaborative work with UCC School of Law’s Professor Conor O’Mahony on children’s rights and constitutions. The aim of the session was to raise awareness and build capacity around the incorporation of children’s rights into national law as part of a process of reform around children’s rights and constitutional law in Chile. The session heard about the learning from Professor Kilkelly’s global research on how to build support and momentum for the reform of children’s rights nationally including both legal and non-legal measures of incorporation.

Speaking following her seminar, Professor Ursula Kilkelly said:

I was delighted to speak at this dynamic and engaging event at the invitation of World Vision Chile, which was part of an ongoing global exchange on children’s rights. This event was an illustration of the global reach of my work on children’s rights, and the continuing international impact of research undertaken by the School of Law at UCC.

Country Manager of World Vision Chile, Harry Grayde Klenner, expressed his gratitude to Professor Kilkelly for her contribution to the seminar series, noting that it was full of ideas which will help to further develop on the organisation’s commitment to continue promoting and working for children's rights in their advocacy work. An invitation has been extended to Professor Kilkelly to visit Chile in person in spring 2022, further building on the relationship with World Vision.

Further reading

‘Incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into National Law’, a new book edited by Professor Ursula Kilkelly, Professor Laura Lundy and Dr Bronagh Byrne is published by Intersentia and available to purchase now:


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