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World Congress on Justice WITH Children

Since 2009, Terre des hommes (Tdh) has been co-organising the World Congress on Justice for Children. These events are a unique chance to bring together the key actors in juvenile justice and child rights at an international level, to promote dialogue and cooperation on the central and current topics of child protection.

World Congress on Justice WITH Children 2021


Tdh has co-organised three world congresses on justice for children: in Lima in 2009, in Geneva in 2015 and in Paris in 2018. These events brought together thousands of participants from all over the world and acquired an international reputation among governments, justice professionals and civil society.

The next world congress will take place from 15 to 19 November 2021 and will put child participation at the centre: it will be about justice WITH children. The event is hosted by the Mexican Supreme Court and will take place online. More information on


Preparatory congresses

In 2019 and 2020, several regional and national preparatory meetings were organised to identify the most relevant topics for the 2021 World Congress on Justice with Children in Mexico.


The national and regional preparatory meetings aim at:

1. Gathering policy makers, academics and civil society representatives with relevant work and influence in justice for children to identify key areas of cooperation,

2. Fostering thematic priorities and a national or regional agenda on Justice for Children,

3. Advancing regional commitments and making action-oriented recommendations.

All the preparatory meetings can be consulted here:



Global Initiative on Justice with Children

In 2019, on the 30th anniversary of the Child Rights Convention, Tdh has launched the Global Initiative on Justice with Children, in consortium with Penal Reform International (PRI) and the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates. The initiative brings together and involves actors active in the field of justice, as well as children themselves, to address current issues concerning children in contact and in conflict with the law. The objectives of this Global Initiative are to:

1. Make children’s rights effective worldwide,

2. Promote access to justice and participation of children in formal and informal justice systems,

3. Improving the link between child justice and child protection systems,

4. Assess the use of deprivation of liberty and promoting non-custodial measures worldwide,

5. Encourage the exchange of good practices to reduce and prevent juvenile crime and propose effective responses to recidivism.


The Initiative has created an interactive platform for professionals working with children and young people in contact with the justice system, academics, development practitioners and children and young people. It allows to foster the exchange of experiences, to stimulate the production of knowledge and to promote the dissemination of good practices.


Visit the platform of the global Justice with Children initiative:


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