LLM Programme

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Credit value: 30 credits (12 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Noam Peleg
Intercollegiate teaching: No
Teaching Method: 20 x two-hour seminars
Who may enrol: LLM students, other UCL Masters students
Prerequisites: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core module for specialism: Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare, Human Rights Law
Practice Assessment: to be confirmed
Assessment method for Masters students: 3-hour unseen written examination
Module Overview

Module summary

The Module will introduce and critically examine the concept of children’s rights in international human rights law, focusing on the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It offers a systematic investigation of the rights that the Convention protects, and introduces classic and contemporary theories of childhood and human rights, and covers the philosophical foundations of children’s rights. The module locates the debates about children’s rights within broader theoretical questions concerning childhood and society.

The module addresses a wide range of issues relating to children’s lives, including the child’s family, health, education, abuse and neglect, juvenile justice, citizenship and intersections of identities. A comparative analysis will be drawn between regional and domestic legal systems, in order to enable students to gain a broad understanding of other human rights regimes that protect children’s rights, and the challenges of protecting children’s rights in practice.

Module syllabus

  1. Children, International Human Rights Law and Childhood Studies
  2. International Children’s Rights Law – Between Paternalism and Liberation, Empowerment and Agency
  3. The Right to Participation
  4. Children’s Citizenship Rights and the Convention’s Optional Protocol of Communication
  5. The Rights to Life, Survival and Development
  6. The Principle of the Best Interests of the Child
  7. The Child’s Family – Rights and Responsibilities
  8. The Child’s Family – Adoption, Reproductive Technique and the Right to an Identity
  9. Corporal Punishment
  10. Street Children and Trafficking
  11. Children’s Socio Economic Rights
  12. Schools’ environment and the Right to Education
  13. Children’s Health and Right to Health
  14. Juvenile Justice
  15. Refugee and Asylum Seeking Children
  16. Children at the Margins
  17. Regional Mechanisms Part One – Europe
  18. Regional Mechanisms Part Two – Africa
  19. Regional Mechanisms Part Three – Americas
  20. Children’s Rights in Practice

Recommended materials

There is no set text book. Seminars will be based on a series of articles and texts, which will be provided via Moodle (virtual learning environment) at the start of the academic year. Moodle cannot be accessed until enrolment in September

Preliminary reading: N/A
Other information: N/A
Prizes for this module: There are currently no prizes available for this module.


The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now closed.

Information regarding applications for September 2015 will be updated on the website in September 2014.

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