This module is a resource for lecturers
Around the world, significant numbers of children come into contact with formal and informal justice systems as victims, witnesses, or as alleged as, accused of, or recognized as having infringed the penal law. Children may also be in contact with justice systems as a result of their migration status, their presence in situations of conflict, or cross-border settings, or in instances where interventions are required to ensure their care, protection, health or well-being. In recognition of the various contexts in which children require access to justice, this Module presents materials that encourage students to engage critically with the contexts that involve children’s right to access to justice, and the measures necessary for child- and gender-sensitive child protection systems, specialized child justice systems, and related extra-legal institutions and supports, to ensure effective access to justice for children. Divided in five topics, this Module explains the importance of the justice system and equal access to justice for all as integral to the rule of law and the realization of human rights, and provides lecturers with materials to teach students about children’s rights with respect to justice.