The World Congresses on Justice with Children address the most current issues related to children in contact and conflict with the law. World Congresses are a unique chance to bring together the key players in child justice and children rights to promote dialogue and cooperation in this field at a global level.
World Congresses represent dedicated spaces of interaction and participation for policy makers, academics, law professionals and civil society representatives, which seek to:
- Promote a fair and appropriate justice for children worldwide, and develop a global agenda on child justice,
- Encourage meetings between professionals to exchange on promising practices, to foster scientific cooperation, to formulate policy recommendations, to propose training and to raise awareness on justice for children,
- Support the operational implementation of international laws and standards related to the rights of children and young people in conflict with the law.
The last World Congress took place at the UNESCO headquarters, in Paris-France, in May 2018, with a thematic focus on “Strengthening Justice Systems for children: Challenges, including the disengagement from violent extremism”. Over 3 days, nearly 1000 people of 120 different nationalities participated in 28 workshops and more than 10 plenary sessions. This Congress results in the Paris Declaration.
The next World Congress will take place in Mexico City in 2021 and is co-organised with the Federal Mexican Supreme Court of Justice.