In times of crises, whether it’s one experienced by an individual family, in the context of national challenges, or armed conflict, children are often the most vulnerable.  As early as 1924, the international community has looked to address the rights of children. Today, the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child is the principal international human rights legal instrument that establishes states’ responsibility to advance children’s rights. The United States is exceptional in its status as the sole member of the United Nations not to have ratified the treaty.

This series examines the current status of international law, pressing crises, and advocacy strategies directed at advancing the promotion and protection of children rights by exploring conflict zones, the workplace, and hunger/immigration.   

Join us live on Zoom for The Rights of the Child series during spring 2024:

  • Children & Conflict on February 27 at noon
  • Children & Labor on March 6 at noon
  • Economic, Cultural, & Social Rights on April 10 at noon

Zoom ID for all events is 940 5320 3928. All events will be recorded and available on YouTube, as well as available in Podcast format following the event.

All webinars will be closed captioned. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact UICHR in advance at

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