Guest lecture by Professor Sloth Nielsen on HIV/AIDS and the Rights of the Child

On Thursday the 27th of October Julia Sloth Nielsen will give a lecture on HIV/Aids and children’s rights. the 27th of October Julia Sloth Nielsen will give a lecture on HIV/Aids and children’s rights.

Originally, HIV Aids was thought to affect mainly adults. Since the mid 1990’s, however, it began to become evident that the HIV Aids pandemic has significant consequences for the children and their enjoyment of their rights, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.

The crisis of the orphan generation has lead to the development of new forms of care for children, and accompanying legislation to underpin these alternatives. Intercountry adoption with Africa as a sending continent has burgeoned. Child headed households and different models of alternative care have become commonplace, and children’s rights in alternative care setting have had to be elaborated.


Legislators have also had to face up to the issues of the rights of children in relation to HIV testing, their access to preventive reproductive health (such as condoms) and to treatment. These issues raise important concerns about children’s vulnerability, about stigma and discrimination, and confidentiality.

The lecture will examine some of the debates that have been brought to light in the children’s rights field with respect to the challenges posed by HIV/Aids.

Julia Sloth-Nielsen is senior professor and currently Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Also she is member of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.

Date October 27, 2011
Time 15.00 - 16.00 hrs
Location Oude Sterrewacht, Sterrewachtlaan 5-9, Leiden (room B104)

Last Modified: 20-10-2011