Child rights and global health interplay in new course

Graffiti painting of a child with a gas mask

The Special Area Studies course “The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, Children's Rights, and Global Health” starts for the first time on November 5.

In the brand new, inter-European course, students learn how the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child interplays with global health, and international and national norms. The UN entered the convention into force in September 1990. It has since contributed to the development of children's rights and living conditions, and acted as the foundation for policies and laws concerning humans under the age of 18.

"Children's rights have in this course a suitable and international new combination, for the first time, with medicine and global health for students at five big European universities. This social area is very important for the future of all our children," says professor Per Wickenberg, one of the course lectureres.

Thirty students are admitted to the course's maiden voyage. All are enrolled at universities part of the European Union program European University Alliance for Global Health. Other than Lund University, these include Université Paris-Saclay, Ludwig-Maximillian-Universität München, Universidade do Porto, and University of Szeged. From the autumn semester 2021, the course is available for all students.

The Sociology of Law Department arranges “The UN Convention of the Rights of the Child,Children's Rights, and Global Health” with the Child Rights Institute (CRI) at Lund University, Social Medicine and Global Health at Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Social Sciences.