Course dates:

From 31 May to 11 July 2021

Free enrolment until 27 June 2021

Course Outline

The course encompasses a 6-weeks period with approximately 36 hours of active learning through readings, videos, discussions, polls and quizzes. The course is mostly asynchronous but does feature some live webinars and is based on a participatory approach aimed at developing and reinforcing personal critical reflection and peer-to-peer learning. Examples from different areas of the world and on different themes allow the identification of cross-regional and cross-cutting issues and enable a global and multidimensional understanding of the topic.


Module 1 - Children’s Rights and the environment

  • 1

    31 May – 6 June 2021

    Children’s rights: key standards and principles

    Chiara Altafin, Global Campus of Human Rights
    Aoife Daly, University College Cork

  • 2

    7 – 13 June 2021

    Children’s participation on matters affecting them

    Laura Lundy, Queen’s University Belfast
    Victor Karunan, Right Livelihood College

Module 2 - The right to a healthy and sustainable environment for children

  • 3

    14 – 20 June 2021

    The right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment

    David R. Boyd, UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
    Yousra Abourabi, Université Internationale de Rabat
    Maude Barlow, Right Livelihood Laureate
    Marina Rakopyan, Global Campus Policy Observatory

  • 4

    21 – 27 June 2021

    The impact of climate change and a degraded environment on children

    Visalaakshi Annamalai, GC Policy Observatory
    John Knox, Wake Forest University/Former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment
    Raul Montenegro, Right Livelihood Laureate

Module 3. Child participation and action in environmental matters

  • 5

    28 June – 4 July 2021

    Children as agents of change on environmental matters

    Luisa Neubauer, Fridays For Future
    Jonas Schubert, CERI/Terre des Hommes
    Victor Karunan, Right Livelihood College

  • 6

    5 – 11 July 2021

    Children’s participation in climate litigation

    Zoi Aliozi, GC Policy Observatory
    Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Leiden University
    Juliane Kippenberg, Human Rights Watch
    Leo Ratledge, CRIN