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

14 June 2019, 9:00 am–5:00 pm

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. Talks will address education for human rights and democratic citizenship from a variety of disciplines.

Event Information

Open to







Professor Hugh Starkey


Room 642
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 the world. It is a unique opportunity to present and discuss current research and policy relating to education for human rights and democratic citizenship.


In most societies, children and young people struggle to make their voices heard. They are excluded from formal political mechanisms and 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.

This conference considers how educational policy 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. 



Early bird (before 18 May 2019): £75. Standard rate (after 18 May): £95. Students and concessions: £35

About the Speakers

Professor Laura Lundy

Laura Lundy is a Professor in the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work at Queen’s University, Belfast and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Children’s Rights. Her expertise is in children’s right to participate in decision-making and education rights. 

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Professor Carole Hahn

Carole Hahn is a Charles Howard Candler Professor at Emerita of Educational Studies, Emory University, USA. She has recently focused on cross-national studies of citizenship education, gender issues and social studies with a particular interest in multicultural and citizenship education in selected Western democracies.

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Professor Audrey Osler

Audrey Osler is a Professor of Education at the University of South-Eastern Norway and Professor Emerita at the University of Leeds, UK. She is the author of 'Human Rights and Schooling: An ethical framework for teaching social justice' and Editor-in-Chief of the Human Rights Education Review.

Professor Hugh Starkey

Hugh Starkey is a Professor of Citizenship and Human Rights Education at the UCL Institute of Education. He is the founding Co-Director of the International Conference on Education and Democratic Citizenship and Editor of the London Review of Education.

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