Showcase session

The Human Rights of Children and Young People: ‘But this is what really happened!’ Making and implementing the first domestic law on the rights of children in the world: A conversation between key actors

Jane Williams together with Rt. Hon. Rhodri Morgan, former First Minister for Wales, and Helen Mary Jones – former Shadow Minister and Chair of the National Assembly for Wales Children and Young Persons’ Committee. Moderated by Sir Rod Evans, former High Court Judge and Pro Chancellor of Swansea University

Jane Williams

Jane Williams is Associate Professor in the College of Law where her research interests include the implementation of human rights obligations, especially relating to the rights of children and young people, and law and multi-level governance.

She is Co-Director of the Wales Observatory on Human Rights of children and Young People, a collaborative project with international, national and local partners.

Jane has authored a number of books and numerous book chapters and journal papers on both Children’s rights and Law in Wales, and is a member of Wales’ United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Monitoring Group.

She played a key role in the development of the world’s first domestic law on the rights of children which was introduced in Wales in 2011.  

This brought into Welsh law the requirements of international law on the rights of the child and requires  Welsh Ministers to have due regard to those requirements when exercising their functions.

Contact: Jane.M.Williams@swansea.ac.uk

Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People

The Wales Observatory on Human Rights of children and Young People acts as a forum for research, advocacy and expertise on the human rights of children and young people, working for the realisation of human rights through public policy, practice, advocacy and law reform

It is committed to:

  • Developing capacity to help children and young people access their right
  • Conducting research, data analysis and evaluative studies.
  • Identifying and lobbying for change in law and practice to give practical effect to the rights of children and young people.
  • Harnessing the best in knowledge and innovation to support implementation
  • Working with international, national and local partners in academic institutions, professions, government and non-governmental organisations.

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