Children’s rights to legal representation: Lessons from the US

Event date: 
16 Mar 2016
3:00pm to 4:30pm
Common Room, Level 2, UNSW Law
Children's rights
Emily Buss and Kylie Beckhouse
Experts from the University of Chicago and NSW Legal Aid
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The Australian Human Rights Centre and the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre at UNSW invite you to a seminar

Children’s rights to legal representation: Lessons from the US

The seminar will focus on representation of children in family law and juvenile justice matters, and will offer an opportunity to engage in a conversation about contemporary challenges to child representation and participation, best interests, and child protection – at the Family Court and Children’s Court. Emily Buss will address the ways in which lawyers’ representation of children has developed in the U.S., including the increasing efforts to integrate scientific knowledge about child development. Kylie Beckhouse will offer an insight into the different structures and practices of child representation offered across Australia.

The seminar will be chaired by Dr Noam Peleg, UNSW Australia.

Emily Buss is the Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School. Her research interests include children's and parents' rights and the legal system's allocation of responsibility for children’s development among parent, child, and state. In recent years, she has focused particular attention on the developmental impact of court proceedings on court-involved children, including foster youth and youth accused of crimes.   

Kylie Beckhouse is an Accredited Family Law Specialist and the Director Legal Services, Family Law at Legal Aid NSW. She has held senior management roles throughout Legal Aid NSW, including in Central Sydney, Liverpool, Parramatta, Blacktown and Child Support Service. Her earlier experience includes seven years in private practice. She is an accredited specialist in family law.