Invitation to Higher Degree Research Seminar

Gothenburg/Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (GLUMIN) in collaboration with The Swedish Institute of International Law (SIFIR) invites you to a seminar in Migration Law on 1st December 2020. Dr Ellen Desmet, Assistant Professor in Migration Law at the Faculty of Law, Ghent University and its Human Rights Centre, will give a presentation concerning rights-oriented research about children and migration and the perspectives on children in this research. The presentation is based on Ellen Desmet and Ruth Brittle’s article “Thirty Years of Research on Children’s Rights in the Context of Migration” (2020) published in the International Journal of Children’s Rights. Professor Rebecca Thorburn Stern opens the seminar and a commentator is Daniel Hedlund, postdoctoral researcher with migration law focus, both at the Department of Law. The seminar will be held in English.

Thirty years of research on children in the context of migration: where do we go from here?

This article, co-authored with Ruth Brittle, analyses how research has approached the issue of children’s human rights in migration processes from 1989 to 2019, during which this topic has been receiving increasing attention. This analysis identifies the main focuses of research during this period, in the form of studies into unaccompanied, refugee and asylum-seeking children in European and Anglophone contexts, and how their migration influences the dynamics between international refugee law and children’s rights. In the process, this analysis also identifies gaps in research, such as certain groups of children receiving less attention than others, as well as other reasons for migration apart from refugee and asylum claims. Moreover, some categories of rights have been insufficiently discussed. Consequently, this analysis suggests that research in this area should move beyond its Euro-centric focus, strengthen methodological interdisciplinarity and enhance its conceptualisation of children’s rights, as well as including children in the research process.

Date: 1st December 2020

Time: 10.15-12.00 (followed by lunch)

Venue: Grotius Hall, Department of Law, Trädgårdsgatan 1, ground floor, and via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided when registered to participate. Passcode will be sent out to registered participants two days before the seminar.

Suggested reading: Desmet, Ellen & Brittle, Ruth, Thirty Years of Research on Children’s Rights in the Context of Migration. International Journal of Children’s Rights Vol. 28, Nr. 1, 2020, pp. 36-65.


Rebecca Thorburn Stern on behalf of GLUMIN and SIFIR

Please register your participation in the seminar (and whether this participation will be in person or via the link), as well as whether you plan to participate in the lunch, no later than 20th November 2020 by sending an email to: