Previous Congresses

8th Family Law and Children’s Rights Conference in Singapore 2020


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The 7th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights was held in Dublin in 2017, exploring the overarching theme of Rights, Justice and Equality. The conference focused on violence and the exploitation of children, protecting especially vulnerable children, changing family formations, international families and social media and children.


Sydney 2013

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Sydney hosted the 6th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in March 2013 in Sydney, Australia. The conference, themed Building Bridges from Principle to Reality, focussed on family law, human rights and children’s law. Topics such as family violence, surrogacy, same-sex and gender identity dysphoria were discussed.



Halifax 2009

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The 5th World Congress, Children Caught in Conflict, was held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The conference streams covered a variety of areas:

  • Children’s Rights and Family Conflict
  • Child Protection
  • Responding to Difference
  • Children of War
  • Child Soldiers


Cape Town 2005

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In March 2005, Cape Town, South Africa hosted the 4th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights. Approximately 700 judges, lawyers and other professionals committed to children’s rights gathered to discuss the plight of children around the world. The conferenced focussed on children in poverty, trafficking, children in legal process and the voice of the child in family law proceedings.


Bath 2001

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The overall theme of the 2001 3rd World Congress was the International Cooperation for the Protection of Children. The conference focussed on the implementation of the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC), child labour and the protection of juveniles from harsh and cruel punishment, violence and abuse.


San Francisco 1997

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San Francisco hosted the 2nd World Congress, in June 1997 in conjunction with the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC). The Congress focussed on a Youth Forum, which called for action against the exploitation of children and the issue of voluntary codes of conduct for the employment and treatment of children.


Sydney 1993

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More than 850 delegates from 54 countries attended the inaugural World Congress, held in Sydney, Australia. The Congress brought together practicing lawyers, judges, academics, and politicians, who share a common concern for children and for the maintenance and protection of human rights, particularly the rights of children.