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Best interests of the child: Meaning and application in Canada

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A multi-disciplinary conference sponsored by the UNICEF Canada; Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children; the Faculty of Law and David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, University of Toronto; and Justice for Children and Youth.


The Faculty of Law, University of Toronto


The conference will combine a thematic approach with case studies and workshops for sectoral application. The first day will offer panel discussions on major themes, such as:
• Meaning and interpretation of "Best Interests of the Child"
• Best Interests and the right to participate
• Best Interests and other articles in the Convention on the
Rights of the Child
• Use of the Best Interests principle in relation to groups of
children (i.e. as a tool of policy formation) as well as
individual children
• Best Interests in the context of Canada's constitution

The second day will be organized in workshops for in-depth dialogue on application of the principle in various areas, such as: health care, immigration, family law, youth justice, aboriginal issues, child welfare, education, and others depending on the level of interest.

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