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IRLRC Spring Conference looks at "The Best Interests of the Child"

OTTAWA, March 31, 2011  —  The University of Ottawa’s Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child (IRLRC) is hosting its annual Spring Conference. This year’s theme is "The Best Interests of the Child," one of the fundamental principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This conference is for anyone interested in children’s rights issues.

The keynote speaker will be Mariatu Kamara, a young woman who survived the civil war in Sierra Leone as a small child, and author of The Bite of the Mango.

Through this conference, the IRLRC aims to create a national and international forum and a network of researchers and practitioners from various child-related disciplines. It also seeks to spur an ongoing dialogue on how the principle of the best interests of the child should inform public policy and decision-making regarding the treatment of children, and particularly, on how it can be mobilized to improve the circumstances of vulnerable children.

WHAT: Annual Spring conference: "The Best Interests of the Child"

WHEN: Friday, April 1, 2011, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Desmarais Building – 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 12102 (12th floor), University of Ottawa

REGISTRATION: Free. However, for planning purposes, online registration is required.

Presentations will be delivered in French or English. Please note that simultaneous translation will not be available.

For more information, visit the Conference website.


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