Children’s Rights and Religious Beliefs

Philip Veerman is Speaking at the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – 2-3 Mai 2019  Villa Jeantet Geneva:

Title: ‘Religion, friend or foe of children’s Rights


Please mark in your agenda and pass along the following information to your network of colleagues and interested correspondants. This conference is organized by the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies of the University of Geneva, Arigatou International, and their esteemed institutional partners*, as well as in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN Human Rights) and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

2-3 Mai 2019 INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE Villa Jeantet Geneva:
Children’s Rights and Religious Beliefs: Autonomy, Education, Tradition

(with simultaneous interpretation in German – French – English)



  • Examine a subject that is not frequently studied in academic and professional circles.
  • Strengthen knowledge and dialogue on the child’s right to religious freedom.
  • Raise awareness on the notion of the child legal status as a holder of rights.
  • Promote best practices in situations of tension between the parents right to religious education and the child’s evolving right to selfdetermination


This conference welcomes the participation of politicians at national, cantonal and municipal levels, all concerned and interested professionals such as lawyers and jurists, family and youth magistrates from all relevant jurisdictions (penal, civil, protection courts, etc.), representatives from the international organizations (both governmental and non-governmental), civil servants in child protection services and other agencies working with children, family mediators, psychologists, doctors, social workers, sociologists, teachers and education specialists, representatives from the civil society, the media; and of course students, especially graduate and doctoral students.


Additional information soon at

*Association 30 Ans de Droits de l’Enfant; Swiss Center of Expertise in Human Rights (SCHR) ; Haute école pédagogique Valais (HEP – VS), St-Maurice & Brigue ; Haute école de travail social, HES-SO Valais//Wallis; International Institute for Children Rights (IDE) ; Service cantonal de la jeunesse, Valais