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Protecting Families and Children’s Rights

Recent case law of the ECtHR in family matters; Migrant children within the EU; Protecting children’s rights post-Brexit


This seminar will provide participants with a detailed understanding of the recent jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) related to family matters. The spotlight is centred on Article 8 (respect for private and family life) in conjunction with Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) and Article 12 (right to marry).

The case law of the ECtHR concentrates not only on the legal implications but also on social, emotional and biological factors. The seminar will explain how legal practitioners can make best use of this case law in their day-today practice.

Participants will furthermore discuss family law issues of migration and, on the eve of Brexit, the consequences of Brexit when safeguarding fundamental rights, especially children’s rights in the UK.

Key topics

  • Parental responsibility and best interest of the child
  • Reproductive rights and surrogacy
  • LGBTIQ rights, same-sex marriage and gender identity
  • Protection of migrant children
  • Protecting human rights, namely children’s rights, in the UK after Brexit
  • Submitting a case to the Strasbourg court

Who should attend?

Family lawyers, human rights lawyers, judges dealing with family law, ministry officials,  representatives of NGOs and children’s rights organisations, academics.



Tim Amos QC, Barrister, Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer, Chambers of Tim Amos QC, Queen Elizabeth Building, London

Olga Dmytrenko, Lawyer, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg

Pauliine Koskelo, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg

Máire Ní Shúilleabháin, Barrister, Assistant Professor, Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin

Isabelle Rein Lescastereyres, Partner, BWG Associés, Paris

Orsolya Szeibert, Associate Professor, Law Faculty of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Ksenija Turković, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg


7 Feb 2019 @ 10:00 am

8 Feb 2019 @ 01:00 pm

Duration: 1 days, 3 hours



4 Rue Brûlée

67000 Strasbourg


Organised by

Academy of European Law (ERA)

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