Tips! Child Rights Governance: exploring and comparing the governance of children’s rights in national, regional and local contexts

Three decades after the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child the convention has influenced a wide range of political and social practices as well as knowledge production on children and childhood. Children’s rights have become an instrument, not only to protect and emancipate children, but also to govern, regulate and control children and define appropriate types of childhoods.

In this workshop, we will take a critical view of how children’s rights, and the principles and institutions associated with the idea of children’s rights, through different historical legacies and contemporary political challenges increasingly have become part of the mechanisms, systems and instruments of what we would like to call Child Rights Governance.

The workshop brings together scholars from different disciplines and is part of an effort to advance the discussion about child rights governance. The focus of the workshop is to explore and compare the significance of different national, regional and local regimes (e.g. institutions, legislature, power-distribution, capacity of government, level of democracy/autocracy (Tilly and Tarrow 2015), party politics and historical events for how child rights governance is articulated and developed, with examples from Sweden, Norway, UK, and Turkey. The workshop will mix shorter presentations with ample time for discussion.
Venue: Linköping University, Child Studies in room TEMCAS
Date and time: June 4th 10-17

Confirmed speakers are: Denize Arzug Linköping University, Pernilla Leviner Stockholm University, Mons Oppedal Oslo Metropolitan, University, Laura Goodfellow University of Manchester, Linde Lindkvist, Uppsala University, Bengt Sandin Linköping University, Jonathan Josefsson Linköping University.

If you would like to participate in the workshop please email before May 22nd. The number of places at the workshop is limited. Workshop language is English. A more detailed program will be announced at a later point. For queries regarding the workshop please contact

Kind regards,
Denize Arzug, Bengt Sandin and Jonathan Josefsson

With generous financial support from The Department of Thematic Studies – Child Studies and Society for the History of Children and Youth (SHCY).

Jonathan Josefsson
PhD, Lecturer, Director undergraduate education
Department of Thematic Studies – Child Studies, Tema Barn
Linköping University
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