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On 26 November at 15:30 the ACIL will organize a lecture with Karin Arts (International Institute of Social Studies) entitled Climate Change: A Child Rights-Based Perspective.

Event details of ACIL Lecture: Karin Arts (International Institute of Social Studies)
Date 26 November 2018
Time 15:30 -17:00
Location Roeterseilandcampus - building A
Room Room 3.01


Climate change is increasingly affecting the world, and people in all parts of the world. While efforts to respond to and to curb climate change have mostly focused on the environmental and economic aspects of the problem, it is increasingly recognized that it is also crucial to consider the social implications of this problem. The latter include human rights, and child rights in particular. This seminar presentation will explore: the relationship between climate change and children’s rights; the reasons for developing a child/human rights-based perspective on climate change; and the implications thereof. In addition it will briefly look into the current trend of legal mobilization for climate change action in which human and children’s rights have a central role.   

The speaker

Karin Arts is Professor of International Law and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, which is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She sees and studies international law as a major factor in processes of inclusive, sustainable, and just development and transition, either as an instrument of change or as a vehicle for guarding the status quo. Human rights–based approaches to development, and in particular child rights–based approaches, are central in her work. In addition to ample teaching and research experience, Karin has professional experience in nearly twenty countries. As a member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs she advises the Dutch government and parliament on human rights matters. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the National UNICEF Committee of the Netherlands, has worked with various Dutch and international development NGOs, and is an Executive Editor of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights. Some of her most recent teaching and research activities have focused on: the SDGs as tools for inclusive development; the SDGs and children’s rights; the right to development and children’s rights; a child rights perspective on climate change; and the right to development and climate change. She is also a founding member of the team that annually publishes the Kids Rights Index, a global ranking of state performance in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child jointly generated by the ISS, Erasmus School of Economics and the Dutch NGO Kidsrights. For more information see


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Registered attendees receive the speaker’s paper.


Roeterseilandcampus - building A

Room Room 3.01

Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
1018 WV Amsterdam