School of Transnational Governance

Child Protection in the Migration Context: From Principle to Implementation

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Date: 28-30 April 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

This Executive Training Seminar addresses practical child protection challenges that emerge in the context of migration across a range of contexts. It draws on interdisciplinary tools, case studies, a rich body of research and experience spanning diverse jurisdictions. 

The Training Seminar covers the international legal framework and international instruments governing migrant child protection, addressing the practical challenges that arise from eliciting and incorporating the voice and agency of children into the decision-making process that affects them.

Participants will take part in the critical reflection on applicable norms, current practices and obstacles to the implementation of children rights in the course of contemporary migration; evaluate cross-cultural and ethical issues that arise in migration and asylum practice; and enhance their practical skills. There will be opportunities to debate practices currently employed in the global North and South.

The analysis of a broad range of international and regional migration contexts, as well as to problem-solving strategies, will lead the participants to address the child protection and human rights challenges that arise.

At the conclusion of the Executive Training, participants will receive a joint certificate issued by Harvard University and the European University Institute.

Who is this training designed for? 

  • Mid-career professionals engaged with child migrant protection and migration management policies at national and international levels;
  • Civil servants, NGO professionals, who directly assist child migrants, as well as asylum seekers, throughout destination, transit or return situations. 


What will you gain from this Executive Training?

  • Knowledge and strategic insights into child protection issues applicable to a range of migration contexts;
  • Refined ability to map and articulate protection strategies and practice that incorporate the principle of the best interests of the child;
  • Improved knowledge of the ongoing challenges experienced by migrant children, policy makers and government officials and a repertoire of strategies for addressing them;
  • Ability to incorporate intellectual and strategic insights into the working challenges of your own organization;
  • Exchange with leading experts;
  • Multi-disciplinary approach and a cross-regional perspective;
  • Opportunity to network with mid-career colleagues from around the world.


This Executive Training Seminar is conducted in collaboration with the European University Institute’s School of Transnational Governance and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.


Gabriella Sanchez, Migration Policy Centre, European University Institute 

Jacqueline BhabhaHarvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Vasileia Digidiki Lucero, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


More information on the registration procedure will soon be available