Inter-Disciplinary Child Rights Laboratory
The laboratory aims to contribute to the curriculum of all relevant academic disciplines with a multi and interdisciplinary understanding of childhood, child rights-based knowledge production and child rights-based understandings; with the implementation of the priority principles of child participation and benefit; and, especially, with policy transformation in the fields of child protection, the juvenile justice system and child labour.
The primary working area of the laboratory is studies to transform non-right-based practices related to child protection which are one of the most complicated areas in the realization of children’s rights.
When the laboratory reaches sufficient development, it aims to continue its studies by transforming into an Age Studies Laboratory and including attention to the elderly in its work. In addition to child protection, another focus will be to examine the effects of rapid urbanization on children and their rights. Urban areas and rapid urbanization have great potential to secure children’s rights; however, it also creates new challenges while deepening existing differences. In this framework, it is aimed to carry out studies with a solution-oriented approach that brings together the urban, national and international stakeholders with the interdisciplinary approach of the dimensions of urbanization affecting children’s rights. Researching the effects of social and digital media on children’s rights and development is also within the laboratory’s field of study.
When the laboratory reaches sufficient development, it aims to continue its studies by transforming into an Age Studies Laboratory and including attention to the elderly in its work.
In addition to the multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and other relevant international standards and gender equality approach are taken as a basis in order to evaluate the laws, policies and practices affecting children.
The laboratory started its activities in 2019 with a foundational meeting of the Child Rights Network in Academia and workshops on the topic ‘Towards to Child-Friendly Justice System,’ which were both organized by Özyeğin University Law Faculty with the support of Research Worldwide Istanbul and The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.
Laboratory studies are open to the participation of the entire Özyeğin University community. At the same time, people who work in the field of child studies as an academic or professional may participate in the Laboratory Advisory Board. Clinical studies are carried out in cooperation with NGOs.
Studies related to children touch almost every discipline, and therefore it is necessary for research to take place in a wide variety of fields and subjects. Thus, the laboratory aims to carry out interactive, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary studies between theory and practice within an international rights-based perspective. We focus on the field of fostering children’s rights-based cultures and child rights-based vocational education and training and academic capacity building and protection of children rights. Within this framework, close cooperation is made with professionals working in the field of children’s rights, such as academics, lawyers, judges, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, bar associations and the chamber of medical doctors and journalists.
With regards to the rights-based protection of children, which is the primary working area of the laboratory,we focus particularly on the fields of the child protection system, the juvenile justice system and child labour. We aim to contribute to the transformation towards child-friendly policies and studies.