Access to Justice: Recognizing the Rights of Children under the UN Convention


Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.)

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5 h 5 m Substantive
20 m Professionalism
1 h 35 m EDI Professionalism

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  • The Honourable Freya Kristjanson
    Superior Court of Justice
  • Caterina TempestaSenior Counsel
    Office of the Children's Lawyer

Great strides have been made recently to recognize children's rights, especially the importance of their participation in justice processes. Challenges remain, however, for the implementation of Canada's obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. This full-day program provides you with critical updates on children's rights under new federal and provincial legislation, case law developments and research. Presenters address family law practitioners specifically but social workers, mental health professionals in family and child protection law, and those who work with children and youth in immigration law and in youth criminal justice will also benefit from this intensive review.

  • Hear about issues on the rights of Indigenous and LGBTQQIP2SAA children and youth
  • Understand why children's meaningful participation in matters that affect them - especially in tough cases - is critical
  • Learn about international standards to support children's access to justice  


  • The Honourable Freya KristjansonSuperior Court of Justice
  • Caterina TempestaSenior CounselOffice of the Children's Lawyer
  • The Honourable Donna Martinson(retired)Supreme Court of British Columbia
  • Peter Jaffe, Ph.D., Professor, Faculty of Education,Western University; Academic Director of the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children; Director Emeritus of the London Family Court Clinic
  • Sheena ScottOffice of the Children's Lawyer
  • Michael StangaroneMacDonald & Partners LLP
  • The Honourable Stanley SherrOntario Court of Justice
  • Elizabeth McCartyOffice of the Children's Lawyer
  • Samantha WisnickiOffice of the Children's Lawyer
  • Brock JonesAssistant Crown Attorney, Crown Law Office - CriminalMinistry of the Attorney General
  • Sarah ClarkeClarke Child & Family Law
  • Seema JainJain Family Law and Mediation
  • Lisa LaBordeBarrister and Solicitor
  • Tammy LawBarrister and Solicitor
  • Shawn RichardLenkinski, Carr & Richard LLP
  • Ian RossOffice of the Children's Lawyer
  • The Honourable Mary Lou BenottoCourt of Appeal for Ontario
  • Ann SkeltonMember: UN Committee on the Rights of the ChildOffice of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Claire HoustonAssistant ProfessorWestern Law
  • Professor Simon LapierreFaculty of Social SciencesUniversity of Ottawa
  • Kathryn HollingsworthProfessor of LawNewcastle Law School, UK
  • Katherine HenselHensel Barristers (practising in association with Folger Rubinoff LLP)
  • Sinéad DearmanOlthuis Kleer Townshend LLP
  • Mary Birdsell, Executive DirectorJustice for Children and Youth
  • Maureen SilcoffSilcoff, Shacter, Barristers & Solicitors

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