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Children’s Rights and the Law

Course objective and expected outcomes:

The objectives are to:
-Promote the use of additional sources, involving quality essays in their works.
-Study the philosophy of law and its role on the national and international levels.
-Study child rights in international law (conventions, declarations etc.).
-Study child rights in the national law (case studies by country)
-Research child rights in the Islamic law and their relevance to legal and social problems of children
-Combine the legal dimension with the social experience of implementation to achieve the protection of child rights
-Address issues of children with specific or special needs and the law
-Study the factors that lead children to crime: juvenile delinquency and institutions of rehabilitation.
-Study mechanisms of child protection on national and international levels
-Understand the role of law in social reform and explore case studies (the role of civil society)

The expected outcomes are to:
-Grasp the importance of law in the struggle for rights and the condition of citizenship.
-Learn about the major conventions, declarations and legal instruments that deal with child rights.
-Know the status of children in the national laws and obstacles of their implementation as well as the role of civil society in the process.
-Relate the national and the international level of law making and execution/implementation.
-Develop the skill to understand legal documents.
-Learn how to work on the social and civil level to enforce the law or change it for the benefit of children.

Subject content:

This course covers the international agreements and conventions on child rights. It also includes the study of cultural, social and economic changes that result in problems that need to be addressed by law, and the role of civil society in this process. Cases of successful campaigns are studied as well as the role of children in defending their rights, voicing their concerns and discussing their problems with other stakeholders in society.