Ghent University Chair Amnesty International 2019 for child rights expert Geert Cappelaere

Geert Cappelaere

Geert Cappelaere

On Wednesday 13 March Ghent University together with Amnesty International will present the Ghent University Chair Amnesty International 2019 to child rights expert and alumnus Geert Cappelaere in Art Center Vooruit.

This year the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is celebrated. It is therefore more than appropriate to award the Ghent University Chair Amnesty International 2019 to child law expert Geert Cappelaere, who has been making a difference for children and young people around the world for decades.

Geert Cappelaere

Alumnus Geert Cappelaere has been UNICEF’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa since 2017. Previously, Geert Cappelaere was UNICEF representative in Sierra-Leone, Yemen and Sudan. He gained extensive experience in children’s rights in these areas of conflict.

Even before his work at UNICEF, children’s rights were a common thread in Cappelaere’s career. He was, among other things, President of the Belgian Royal Commission against the Sexual Exploitation of Children and researcher at Ghent University. He has a number of internationally renowned publications to his name, including Children deprived or their Liberty: Rights and Realities (2005) , and made special contributions to the conceptual and legal frameworks for the protection of human and children’s rights. He is still frequently consulted as a child rights expert by governments and institutions worldwide.

Program 13 March

The presentation on Wednesday 13 March at Arts Center Vooruit takes place at 20:00 and is followed by a public lecture by Geert Cappelaere, in which he takes stock of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Why was there a specific treaty on the rights of children and where are the roots’ What has been achieved in recent years and how has the importance of children’s rights evolved?

His lecture is entitled "30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: universally accepted, but not universally applied." This lecture will be held in Dutch.

After the lecture, a question and answer session will follow with Professor Eva Brems of the Ghent University Human Rights Center.

Subscription for the lecture is free.

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