University of Zielona Góra, Faculty of Law and Administration
Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz, Institute of Law and Economics
“Child in Migration: Status and Identity”
Zielona Góra, Poland, 19-21 May 2021
We have the honour of inviting you to participate in a conference devoted to the legal status of migrant children. The conference will provide a forum to address and discuss a number of challenging questions related to this issue, from the perspective of both public and private international law. We are especially interested in the legal obligations arising from the irregular situation of children lacking proper documentation, citizenship and registration. Bearing in mind the growing number of stateless children around the world, we want to pay special attention to the studies and analyses focused on the legal obligations resulting from the ratification of relevant treaties providing legal solutions to the problem of statelessness of children. The aim of the conference is not only to reflect on these issues but also to identify the most important challenges and gaps that exist in this field in practice today.
Our discussions will be divided into three main areas of reflection:
The rights of the child and their application in migration and asylum procedures – general principles:
- status of the child from the perspective of the theory of law;
- subjectivity of the child in migration and asylum law – the child protection approach;
- vulnerability as a ground for differentiation;
- best interests of the child and the primacy of principles of children’s rights;
- child’s right to participation;
- child as a migrant and the prohibition of discrimination.
Perspective of individual rights:
- right to a name;
- right to identity;
- right to a nationality;
- age assessment procedures;
- consular assistance;
- relationship between the irregular status of parents and their children.
International law and its implementation to domestic law:
- legal safeguards to prevent statelessness;
- proper identification and protection of stateless children;
- obligations of states concerning registration of birth;
- special procedures for access to regular status based on the child protection approach;
- documents concerning the child in the perspective of private international law.