Institute of Education


Human rights and education: past, present and future

04 June 2021, 9:30 am–5:00 pm

Universal Declaration of Human Rights written on steps at the University of Essex

We are sorry that the conference has been postponed from 5 June 2020 to the provisional date of Friday 4 June 2021 due to coronavirus.

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International Conference for Education and Democratic Citizenship


Clarke Hall
UCL Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way

The 14th annual International Conference for Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC) addresses current research and policy relating to education for human rights and democratic citizenship. The call for papers is currently open. 

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. 

The 14th ICEDC Annual Conference is a contribution to the World Education Research Association (WERA) International Research Network (IRN) in Human Rights Education (HRE). It also follows the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) adopted by the UN in 1989. 

Education is central to the fulfilment of many other human rights including health and wellbeing. Education itself is a human right under Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and Article 29 of the CRC. 

Human rights and international law are threatened by the flouting of international commitments in the name of national interest and security concerns. Human rights education is ever more urgently required to ensure populations are aware of the role of human rights in promoting freedom, justice and peace in the world. 

Call for papers: themes

We welcome research papers that address the theory and practice of human rights education and children’s rights education.

We invite papers that address issues of human rights and education and that focus on ways in which this right has been and is being respected, protected and fulfilled in different contexts. Papers may also address issues where this right has been denied through discrimination by, for instance, gender, ethnicity, disability and sexuality.

Our primary focus is past and present but we also welcome papers which address the future of human rights education and ways of strengthening the HRE curriculum. 

Submission guidelines

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

Deadline: Monday 8 March 2021

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 Tuesday 16 March 2021. 


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

Booking and tickets


  • Early bird (before 1 May 2021): £75.
  • Standard rate (after 1 May): £95. 
  • Students and concessions: £35 (early bird) £45 standard.

Fees cover conference pack and refreshments throughout the day including lunch.



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