Hillary Clinton returns to Swansea to build children’s rights research programme

Secretary Hillary Clinton held a series of working meetings over the weekend (23/ 24 June) at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University, to discuss the development of its programme of work across a range of priority areas.

The meetings focused on the new Hillary Rodham Clinton PhD research scholarships, which will seek to deepen global understanding of how best to enhance and promote the rights of children. The scholarships are expected to be awarded over the next year so that research can begin in the academic year 2019-2020.

Secretary Clinton met with staff from the School of Law and the Morgan Academy to discuss the next steps in developing the research programme and the priorities it will seek to address, from climate change and migration to terrorism and cyberthreats.

Secretary Hillary Clinton Later in the day Secretary Clinton took part in a Q&A session with staff, students and partners of the University, where she responded to a wide range of questions. The session was chaired by Elin Jones AM, presiding officer of the National Assembly for Wales.

Professor Richard B. Davies, vice-chancellor of Swansea University, said: “After last year’s ceremonial investiture of Secretary Clinton at the University, we are energised to increase the scale of our research and our policy focus on the pressing issues that affect children across the world”.

He added “As we work with Secretary Clinton to address those priorities our aim is to collaborate with international partners and to become a global hub for interdisciplinary experts including law, computer science and data analytics, health and wellbeing. This collegiate, collaborative, and impact-focussed approach is embedded in the DNA of Swansea University. Whether you are an academic, a student, or a collaborative partner, if you want to be doing work which has global impact, Swansea is the place to be”.

Professor Elwen Evans QC, head of the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, said: “Children’s rights issues penetrate all the major challenges of our age. The work of our Observatory on Children’s Human Rights has an essential role to play in galvanising a global network of institutions who can come together to promote, protect and embed these rights and to ensure that children’s voices are heard.

“We are delighted that Secretary Clinton is so actively engaged with the University and that she has expressed such interest in helping to shape and drive activity across the School of Law’s research strengths, including children’s rights”.