Institute of Education


Education for human rights and citizenship: the challenges of inter-generational justice

9:30 am to 5:00 pm, 14 June 2019

Young people and children stand together

The 13th annual International Conference for Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC) addresses issues of rights and responsibilities in a globalising world. The call for papers addressing education for human rights and democratic citizenship from a variety of disciplines is open until 11 March 2019.

Event Information

Open to







Professor Hugh Starkey


UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way

The ICEDC annual conference is a meeting place for scholars, researchers, graduate students, education policymakers, and civil society activists from across Europe and internationally. It is a unique opportunity to present and discuss current research and policy relating to education for human rights and democratic citizenship.  


Intergenerational justice invites considerations of power and particularly the fact that in most societies children and young people struggle to make their voices heard since they are excluded from formal political mechanisms and they are frequently regarded as lacking the competence to contribute to decision-making processes that affect them. Young people also face a world of political and social uncertainties in which information sources are not always reliable. Climate change, terrorism, hate speech and xenophobia confront them in the starkest terms. Democracy appears fragile and not always capable of satisfactorily addressing these issues.

The 13th ICEDC conference will consider how education policy and practice and education professionals, including teachers can respond to these challenges.

Intergenerational justice is the aim of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Sustainable development includes ‘sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development’ (SDG 4). The UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training (UNDHRET) supports ‘empowering persons to enjoy and exercise their rights’. This is particularly important for children and young people. 

Young people are prominent in the Council of Europe’s campaigns against hate speech and abuse on social media. The ICEDC invites papers that look afresh at education for citizenship and human rights in these challenging times, including digital citizenship.

Call for papers: themes

We welcome research papers and poster presentations addressing intergenerational justice, and more broadly education for human rights and democratic citizenship from sociology, education, law, history, politics, geography and other relevant disciplines, as well as analyses of policy and case studies of campaigns and curriculum development. 

The following are indicative themes:

  • Children’s rights in education
  • Social media, democracy and young people
  • Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 4
  • Critical approaches to global citizenship education
  • Reimagining human rights education
  • Minorities’ struggles, challenges to ethno-nationalism and hate speech
  • Justice, democracy and gender identities
Submission guidelines

Abstracts of no more than 300 words including name, institutional affiliation and contact email should be sent to: Professor Hugh Starkey at h.starkey@ucl.ac.uk.

Deadline: Monday 11 March 2019.

All abstracts will be peer reviewed by members of the ICEDC steering group. Please indicate whether you would prefer to give an oral or a poster presentation. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the review by Wednesday 20 March 2019. As in previous years, selected papers will be considered for publication in the peer-reviewed journals London Review of Education and Human Rights Education Review.

Corresponding director for academic questions:

Hugh Starkey, PhD, Professor of Citizenship and Human Rights Education
Department of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL

For logistical and administrative queries please contact:
William Nicholas w.nicholas@ucl.ac.uk


Keynote speakers and the full programme will be published in due course.



Early bird (before 18 May 2019): £75. Students and concessions: £35