Comparing Child Protection Laws: Insights from Constitutional Courts


As part of our RDV-webinar series with the Centre for Research on Discretion and Paternalism , LawTransform hosted a lecture by Conor O’Mahony, Professor at the University College Cork, at Bergen Global on  child rights cases in constitutions around the world, identifying common themes and assessing the significance of children’s constitutional rights within the realm of child protection.

The right to protection from violence and exploitation is a fundamental constitutional right for children. It ranks second in frequency, right after the right to education, across national constitutions.

While most legal provisions for safeguarding this right are found in ordinary legislation, some child protection cases do reach constitutional courts. These cases involve various scenarios, such as actions against parents who harm their children, challenges to authorities failing in their duty to protect children from violence, and debates over the constitutionality of child protection laws (e.g., those related to corporal punishment).

The lecture was followed by a discussion moderated by Hege Stein Helland.


4th March, 14.15-15.30


Bergen Global, Jekteviksbakken 31, Bergen

There is also digital participation available! Join us on zoom here.

Read more about out RDV-Webinar series here.

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