Strategic litigation retreat for migrant children’s lawyers

Today starts a five-day Strategic Litigation Retreat for lawyers in Ferney-Voltaire, France organized by the ICJ-EI as part of the EU and OSI funded FAIR project.

Twenty lawyers from Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Malta and Spain will be meeting with experts and among themselves in order to strategize about their cases of access to justice for migrant children and on accessing international human rights mechanisms.

The retreat is taking place from 4 to 8 October in a close proximity to Geneva, which allows for access to UN treaty bodies experts.

The group will meet with Members of the UN Committee on the rights of the child and the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and experts from the treaty bodies’ secretariat on individual complaints and on inquiries.

The participants will also have a chance to discuss litigation strategies with experts from the European Court for Human Rights, experts from civil society organizations with long-standing experience in strategic litigation, such as the AIRE Center, ICJ, DCI Belgium or Child Rights Connect.

All the participating lawyers took part in the national trainings organized, through 2016 and 2017, by the ICJ and its national partners.

The trainings were focused on the right to be heard and procedural rights of migrant children, the right to family life, economic, social and cultural rights, detention and on how to access international human rights mechanisms in order to allow for effective access to justice for migrant children.

Out of all the participants, this Strategic Litigation Retreat, brings together three selected lawyers from each of the national trainings.

In the same time, the project management group of the FAIR project, composed of national partners and Child Rights Connect will meet and will contribute to some parts of the Retreat.

The Retreat will use as a basis the draft training materials prepared by the ICJ (to be published an the end of 2017) and the ICJ Practitioners Guide no. 6: Migration and International Human Rights Law.

The FAIR project co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union and OSIFE.

See more information about the national trainings on the rights of migrant children within the FAIR project here: SpainItalyBulgariaMaltaGreeceIrelandGermany (photo)


Download the agenda here: Universal-StrategicLitigationRetreat-News-Events-Agendas-2017-ENG