On 15-16 December, 2022, the Ferenc Mádl Institute of Comparative Law, together with the Hungarian Association of Comparative Law, the Society for Children’s Rights within the framework of Children’s Rights Day convened a two-day conference on international childrens’ rights, which took place at the Sapientia College of Theology. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child introducing the definition of the child into the discourse about children’s rights formed the backbone of the conference.
The interdisciplinary day held on 15th December was opened by an adult-child roundtable and closed by a civil roundtable led by a child reporter. Between the opening and closing panels child protection professionals shared their ideas in panels titled „safe in church”, „safe at school”, „safe in the family”, safe in the subsidiary protection system” about how to improve these segments of life int he best interest of children.
The session on 16th December was opened by the minister of justice, Dr. Judit Varga. In her opening speech the minister defined family as the corestone of the policy of the government, as the most important fabric of our coexistence and cohesion. The minister underlined as well, that due codification is of key importance to achieve the accomplishment of children’s rights together and the effective implementation of the relevant legal regulations, all based on the principle of the best interest of the child.
Academics and international and national professionals of children’s rights gave lectures in line with the triple categorisation of children’s right, namely in sections titled protection, provision and participation. The conference was accompanied by an exhibition of graphic and verbal refections of children concerning children’s rights.