About

Our Mission

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The World Congress exists to enhance, promote and protect the human rights of children and young people. We bring together individuals and organisations from across the world who have influence on the legal and justice system.

We achieve positive change by:

  1. Developing outcomes that directly benefit those who are especially vulnerable and disadvantaged, particularly children and young people.
  2. Holding our World Congresses, developing Congress resolutions, building partnerships and funding projects.
  3. Using our high profile, and the publicity it attracts, to be a catalyst for change in our condemnation and, where appropriate, commendation of actions and policies of States which uphold the rights of children.

Our approaches are informed by interdisciplinary dialogue between lawyers, judges, health care professionals, politicians, social workers, community and government representatives, human rights advocates and representatives from the private sector who share a common concern about the rights of children.

Our World Congress

The World Congress meets every four years to assess, discuss and exchange ideas on the law, public policy and affiliated professional areas that impact upon the rights of children.

Our Congresses and resolutions have addressed areas including:

  • Family violence, child abuse and family conflict
  • International child abduction
  • Child protection
  • Children of same sex couples
  • Surrogacy
  • Family law and religion
  • Children of War
  • Child labour
  • Trafficking and child exploitation
  • The primary aim of the Congress is to develop outcomes that directly benefit those who are especially vulnerable and disadvantaged, particularly children and young people.

Our Congresses are attended by lawyers, judges, health care professionals, politicians, community and government representatives, human rights advocates and representatives from the private and business sectors who share a common concern about the rights of children.

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Our Patrons

Our patrons and honorary chairs have included:

  • Hillary Clinton, the then First Lady of the United States;
  • Dame Graça Machel Mandela DBE;
  • Her Excellency Mary Robinson, The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Former President of Ireland; and
  • Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark.

The World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights has been held across the world since our inception
(Sydney in 1993, San Francisco in 1997, Bath in 2001, Cape Town in 2005, Halifax in 2009, and a return to Sydney in 2013).

Each Congress has a different focus and culminates in resolutions which you can view here.

Our next conference will be held in Dublin, Ireland, 4-7 June 2017.