Committee Updates for August 2015
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
In June, member of our Family Law Committee Professor Elaine Sutherland organised the third Annual International Colloquium on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project, held in Edinburgh. The colloquium provides an opportunity for experts from around the world to discuss and share information on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This year’s colloquium focused on Article 3 of the Convention, looking at the ‘best interests’ and welfare principles. Papers were presented on a wide range of topics, with themes including adoption, paramouncy v primacy, the role of best interests in decision making, structural/institutional/social influences on implementation, and challenges surrounding the development of ‘non-traditional’ family types (including reproductive assistance, and multiple parents). The ideas were developed from different disciplines, such as law, child development, and anthropology, as well as from different jurisdictions, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, and Nepal.