Skip to main content

Regent Law Examines Impact of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Regent Law’s Federalist Society and Journal of International Law recently hosted an on-campus symposium discussing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), an international convention setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of children.

The General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the convention 1989. The United States, however, has abstained from joining the 194 other countries who have ratified it. The issue is hotly debated in not only government and legal circles, but in those of social services, education, and special interest groups as well.

Three nationally acclaimed panelists representing varying positions on ratification made the evening a lively one.

Michael Farris, Chancellor of Patrick Henry College; David Smolin, Professor at Cumberland School of Law; and Johan Van der Vyver, Professor of Law at Emory University offered provocative thoughts on the implications of U.S. ratification.

They considered first the relationship of the CRC to families and then to federalism, leaving many in attendance rethinking child-specific needs and rights.

Regent Law’s Professor Kathleen McKee contributed closing remarks, speaking from her own unique experience handling legal matters for children and families. She implored the listeners to broaden their analysis of the CRC and, in general, of all policy created for those whom we are called to protect.

Popular posts from this blog

Regent Law Trains Lawyers Called to Fight for Social Justice

As Regional Legal Coordinator with Freedom Firm in Maharashtra, India, Evan Henck ‘07 helps unravel the complex legal and social difficulties that come with prosecuting sex trafficking.
Evan’s virtual journal entry below depicts the sobering reality of the sex trade even as it celebrates the Freedom Firm’s recent progress. It originally appeared in the 2010 Spring/Summer edition of “Brief Remark”, Regent University School of Law’s new biannual publication.
From giving papers at a national human rights conferences and training human rights attorneys, to subsidizing summer internships within the nascent Center for Global Justice, the Regent Law community is committed to furthering the cause of justice at home and abroad.
If you feel called to the legal profession and to the fight for social justice, a Regent J.D. might be for you. Learn more here.

Jan. 16 2010
Maharashtra, India
In January an informant phoned Suresh Pawar, a human rights activist with the Freedom Firm in Maharashtra, India,…

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann Speaks at Regent Law Chapel

Raising nearly 30 children has provided Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann with negotiating skills that serve her well in the nation's capital. Bachmann, a passionate advocate for foster care and adoption, visited Regent University on November 20 as part of the university's recognition of National Adoption Awareness Month.

Bachmann and her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, are the parents of five biological children and 23 foster children. She shared their story as parents and also their connection to Regent during a special law chapel for students, faculty and staff.

"It's been a marvelous experience for us. Being foster parents has allowed us to teach our biological kids that they're not the only kids in the world," Bachmann said. "Our foster care kids have been able to see what a picture of an imperfect 'normal' family is like. And we saw the beauty and worth in them.

"Twenty-three times, we've seen these kids graduate from high sc…

Regent Law Dean Appointed to Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association

On Saturday, January 21, the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) inaugurated its statewide representatives for their 2017 term.

Regent University School of Law (LAW) Dean Michael Hernandez was among those new leaders as he accepted his appointment as a representative by the Board of Governors of the VBA.

Hernandez will represent law schools on the VBA board for a minimum of a one-year term. He is the first Regent LAW faculty member to be appointed to this distinction.


“It is an honor to serve as the sole law school representative on the Board of Governors and a privilege to be a part of this accomplished group of prominent attorneys.  I am excited to work with the other Board members to build on and continue the standard of excellence that the VBA has upheld since it was founded in 1888,” said Hernandez.

“The other members of the Board of Governors are the most accomplished lawyers in Virginia, and the Board is collegial and committed to the highest standards of professionalism,” …