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A global conference in Uganda set to explore issues of children deprived of their liberty within the justice systems in Africa

7 NOVEMBER 2011 ADDIS ABABA : Together, the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), a leading advocate on policy and dialogue on children in Africa, and Defence for Children International (DCI), a non- governmental organisation that promotes and protects children’s rights on a global, regional and local level, hosted a major international conference on child justice in Kampala, Uganda on 7-8 November 2011.

Over 300 delegates from all over the African continent and the wider world attended the  “Deprivation of Children’s Liberty as a Last Resort”, which was held at the Speke Resort and Conference Centre in Kampala, Uganda.

 

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Speakers at the Conference

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Alice Mapenzi Kubo Alice Mapenzi Kubo Alice Mapenzi Kubo has a M.Sc. in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam (2006) and a B.A. in Business Administration in Tourism Management fr... Read more
Dr. Ruth Farrugia Dr. Ruth Farrugia Dr Ruth Farrugia is an advocate and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta. She studied at the University of Malta, University of Strasbourg, M... Read more
Mr. Cédric Foussard Mr. Cédric Foussard Mr. Cédric Foussard has been Director of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) since 2005. The IJJO works to promote a global approach to juvenile justice... Read more
Prof.  Kirsten Sandberg Prof. Kirsten Sandberg Professor Kirsten Sandberg is a member of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. She is a Professor at the Department of Public and International La... Read more
Prof. Tilahun Teshome Prof. Tilahun Teshome Professor Tilahun Teshome is a Professor in the Law Faculty of the Addis Ababa University (AAU). He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from AAU. He worked as a lega... Read more
Dr. Sudip Chakrabory Dr. Sudip Chakraborty is an internationally known researcher in child labour. His book "Child Labour in Rural Context" is widely acclaimed. He has written numerous artic... Read more
Dr. Jaume Guardans Dr. Jaume Guardans Dr. Jaume Guardans is the Founder and Director of Ideaborn Consultants. Dr. Guardans is a Lawyer specialized in justice reform in developing countries.He has been a Visit... Read more
Mr. Gezahegn Kebede Mr. Gezahegn Kebede A versatile development strategist, who believes in 'overcoming poverty and suffering' through effective programmes that have measurable impact on the lives of the poor a... Read more
Dr. Benedicta Daudu Dr. Benedicta Daudu Dr. Benedicta Daudu is a Lecturer with the Department of International Law and Jurisprudence, Faculty of Law, University of Jos. She is an alumnus of the University of Jo... Read more
Mr. Aboubacry Tall Mr. Aboubacry Tall Mr. Aboubacry Tall currently serves as Regional Director, West and Central Africa with Save the Children UK. He is responsible for the overall programme, policy and overs... Read more
Dr. Marta Santos Pais Dr. Marta Santos Pais Ms Marta Santos Pais was appointed Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children on May 1st, 2009, and took up her position on September ... Read more
Mr Shimelis Tsegaye Mr Shimelis Tsegaye Mr Shimelis Tsegaye Tesemma is currently working at The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) as a Senior Policy Research Specialist, playing a key role as a source of analyt... Read more
Professor Julia Sloth-Nielsen Professor Julia Sloth-Nielsen Professor Julia Sloth-Nielsen is the Dean of Law at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa, and runs the Children’s Rights and Advocacy Project at the Communi... Read more
Dr Ann Skelton Dr Ann Skelton Dr Ann Skelton is currently the Director of the Centre for Child Law in the Law Faculty at the University of Pretoria. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1981 at t... Read more
Mme Agnès Kaboré Mme Agnès Kaboré Mme Agnès Kaboré is the current Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC).Mme Kaboré is a socio-economist who has ... Read more
Ms Violet Odala Ms Violet Odala Violet Odala is the Senior Programme Coordinator for the Child and the Law Programme at the African Child Policy Forum. Under this programme, Violet develops and manages ... Read more
Mr David Mugawe Mr David Mugawe Mr David Mugawe has over 20 years experience of programme and project management in international development in Uganda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethi... Read more
Dr Benyam Dawit Mezmur Dr Benyam Dawit Mezmur Dr Benyam Dawit Mezmur is currently the Second Vice Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC). He is currently a ... Read more
Abdul Manaff Kemokai Abdul Manaff Kemokai currently represents Africa on the International Executive Council of Defence for Children International (DCI).He developed the spirit of working for... Read more
Mr Rifat Kassis Mr Rifat Kassis Born in Palestine, Mr Rifat Kassis has long been active in human rights fields on national and international levels. He has been imprisoned several times by Israel for ... Read more
Ileana Bello Ileana Bello Born in Italy, Rome, Ileana has an outstanding experience working for NGOs in the humanitarian/development and Human Rights field. She is a Human Rights/humanitarian la... Read more
Prof. Jaap E. Doek Prof. Jaap E. Doek Professor Jaap E. Doek is Emeritus Professor of Law (Family and Juvenile Law) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (since July 2004). Currently he is a deputy justice... Read more

Conference Advisory Team

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Prof. Jaap E. Doek Prof. Jaap E. Doek Jaap E. Doek is emeritus professor of Law (Family and Juvenile Law) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (since July 2004). Currently he is a deputy justice in the Cour... Read more
Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen Prof. Julia Sloth-Nielsen Julia Sloth-Nielsen is senior professor and currently Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. During the 1990s, she managed the C... Read more
Dr. Benyam Dawit Mezmur Dr. Benyam Dawit Mezmur Dr. Benyam Dawit Mezmur is currently a Mellon-Research Fellow based at the Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Cape Town, South Africa. He is al... Read more
Dr. Ann Skelton Dr. Ann Skelton Dr. Ann Skelton is currently the Director of the Centre for Child Law in the Law Faculty at the University of Pretoria. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1981 at th... Read more
H.E. Amb. Moushira Mahmoud H.E. Amb. Moushira Mahmoud H.E Ambassador Moushira Mahmoud Khattab, Ph.D is an Egyptian human rights activist, former politician & diplomat. She is the former Minister of Family & Populatio... Read more

Dr. Ruth Farrugia

Dr Ruth Farrugia is an advocate and senior lecturer in the Faculty of Laws at the University of Malta. She studied at the University of Malta, University of Strasbourg, Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies and Metropolitan Ecclesiastical Tribunal. She has served as consultant to the deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Social Policy, Minister for Family and Social Solidarity and the Social Affairs Committee in Parliament, presenting Malta’s report before the UN Committee on the CRC.
Dr Farrugia is a former member of the National Family Commission and chairperson of the Malta Emigrants and Refugees Commission and consultant at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR.  She was chairperson of the Children Care Orders Board and was commissioned to draft the Children Act, Commissioner for Children Act and Gender Equality Act for Malta.

Dr Farrugia was responsible for the introduction of Child Law and Gender Law within the Faculty of Laws and currently coordinates their teaching together with Family Law at the University of Malta. She is legal consultant to the Commissioner for Children, country expert to the Comparative European Family Law Commission, the Common Core in Family Law Group, the Euro-Med Human Rights Group and a Vice President of the International Academy of Jurisprudence of the Family.  She has served as expert to the PRMIII Experts Group of the European Commission as well as the Council of Europe Expert for the Child Access to Justice Initiative.
She has published widely in the field of family law, child law and human rights.

Advocate Bience Gawanas is currently the Commissioner of Social Affairs of the African Union Commission. Since her return from 12 years of exile in 1989, Advocate Gawanas has served in different capacities in Namibia including being a member of the Public Service Commission and the Ombudswoman. She has been a gender law lecturer at the University of Namibia, a Member and a Chairperson of the Law Reform and Development Commission as well as a member of the Board of the Central Bank of Namibia. She was a teacher in SWAPO’s exiles’ centres in Angola, Cuba and Zambia. Since 2003, she has been Commissioner for Social Affairs at the AUC.

Commissioner Gawanas has recently been honoured as one of the world’s top 100 most inspiring people delivering for women and girls, especially for her work in mobilizing Africa to support women’s health and equality.

The honour was bestowed by Women Deliver, a US based organisation that works globally to generate political commitment and financial investment for fulfilling Millennium Development Goal 5, i.e. to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health.

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