Professor Silvia Scarpa Presents Paper at Conference of "Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflicts"

On November 22, 2021 JCU Associate Professor Silvia Scarpa presented a paper at the Opening Conference of the Second International Academic Week on Children in Armed Conflicts organized by the Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflicts. The Conference dealt with “The Right of Children to Education in Armed Conflict. A Specific Focus on the Situation in Afghanistan.”

Silvia Scarpa

Silvia Scarpa

Professor Scarpa’s paper was included in the roundtable on “Which right to education for Afghan women and young girls: analysis and future perspectives. Voices from Afghanistan.” She discussed how the right to education for women and girls in Afghanistan might be guaranteed through various means. Professor Scarpa also commented on the validity of international human rights treaties for Afghanistan after the Taliban seized power in August 2021, issues related to international recognition of the new Government and the recent request filed by the International Criminal Court Prosecutor, Kharim A. A. Khan QC, to resume investigations in the situation in the country since 2002.

The Universities Network for Children in Armed Conflicts was created in 2020 to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflicts. It comprises more than 40 Universities and Research Centers from all over the world, including John Cabot University, and its activities are supported by the United Nations and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Professor Scarpa holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science (LUISS Guido Carli University), a Master in International Protection of Human Rights (University of Rome “La Sapienza”), and a Dottorato di Ricerca summa cum laude in Political Science – Human Rights (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna). She is the author of the books International Human Rights Standards for Law Enforcement Authorities (UniversItalia, 2012) and Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery (Oxford University Press, 2008) and of the Study on Contemporary Forms of Slavery (European Union, 2018).

View the program of the conference.
Watch a recording of the event.