The Children's Rights Referendum
Date: Thursday, 1 November 2012
Venue: Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin
About the Conference
The Government's proposal to amend the Constitution to protect children's rights comes after 15 years of discussion and debate. The amendment proposal has been broadly though not uniformly welcomed. Nevertheless, there remains considerable disagreement about what the various proposals will achieve. Some people have argued that the proposal will allow for too much interference in how parents make decisions for their children. Others have argued that the proposal does not go far enough in this regard. In particular, some have argued that the proposals mark a step back from earlier proposals for constitutional reform in this area. This conference will provide a legal analysis of the reform proposals.
The speakers, experts in constitutional law and child law, will address the following issues:
- What is meant by the imprescriptible rights of the child?
- How will adoption and child care law be affected?
- How is the threshold for state intervention in family decisions altered?
- What is meant by "best interests" of a child?
- How does this reform proposal differ from earlier proposals?
The conference will be of interest to lawyers who want to know how the law may change and to all who are considering how to vote in the referendum.
Programme and Speakers
Structure of Article 42A, imprescriptible rights and the voluntary adoption of marital children
Gerry Whyte is a Professor of Law and Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include Irish constitutional law and he is the co-author, with Mr. Justice Gerard Hogan, of Kelly's The Irish Constitution.
When and how the State can intervene: general principles
The contested nature of a best interests test
Proceedings to which the best interests test does and does not apply: practical implications
The current proposal contrasted with previous proposals
|8:35 to 9:00pm||Questions and Discussion|
The right to substitute and rearrange lecture(rs)s is reserved.
Reservations and Fees
The Children’s Rights Referendum
120 euro per person
CPD Members Rates: 95 euro for 1,
Fees inclusive of tea/coffee and lecture materials
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