I have recently had the pleasure of attending a Delegation on the Rights of the Child at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. The ELSA website details attendance at a Delegation as a once in a lifetime chance to witness international decision-making and I can truly vouch for that.
As a UK delegate to the 81st session on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), I had the fantastic opportunity to parley with diplomats alongside fellow ELSA members from Greece, Turkey and Germany. Having studied International Human Rights Law in my second year as a law student, there was no better place to witness the coming alive of my theoretical knowledge. It was exciting to hear the chair and committee use specific terms, which triggered my memory of the weekly 2-hour seminars I attended, to understand the complexity of the law on Human Rights.
This Delegation truly proved to be an opportunity to learn the ropes of such an important organisation and discuss content that will inevitably shape tomorrow and generations to come. I have always greatly admired the people’s battle for a dignified life, and observing live the strategic implementation and the tenacity of the Human Rights Committee towards child’s rights was so inspiring. Moreover, the myriad of different cultures that gathered to compare visions and hopes for a safer world for children was something I never thought I would witness as a second year law student. If there is one word I would use to describe the experience, it would be…Transformative!