The IDE was established in May 1995 in Sion (Valais), thanks to the collaboration of two partners:

  • the International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates (IAYFJM), which brings together 800 members from 80 countries, spanning every continent. The association partners with numerous international organisations, and is renowned as an active NGO in matters of children’s rights;
  • the ex-University Institute Kurt Bösch (IUKB) in Sion / Bramois, is a well-known Swiss university, active in inter- and transdisciplinarity. Until the end of 2014, the IUKB offered both Master’s degrees and other diplomas on the rights of the child (including mediation) and tourism studies, and also housed the IDE on its premises. Master degrees and diplomas are now awarded under the banner of the Universities of Geneva (Children's Rights) and Lausanne (Tourism). IDE is still housed in Bramois but by the newly created Kurt Bösch University Foundation.

For 5 years (1995-2000), the IDE mostly concentrated on presenting information through activities such as seminars; promotional activities for the Convention in French, Spanish and English; lectures and specialised training programmes; publications and the development of a network of international experts. After this time, the IDE reached a turning point.

In 2000, the website was launched, allowing the IDE to assemble all the intellectual heritage and information in one place. The content of the website was intended for an informed audience, offering legislative material, legal precedents, and bibliographic sources and has been a resounding success in terms of monthly visits. Private and public forums were also available on various themes.

Starting in 2000 and continuing over the next 10 years, the IDE’s activities gradually evolved towards offering training programmes. Providing information led to raising awareness, which in turn required diverse activities, including both annual (such as the International Sion Seminar) and one-off events.

Since then, the IDE has developed made-to-order training programmes, which provide academic level studies, in close collaboration with the IUKB until the end of 2014 and then with the CCRS, the University of Geneva's Center for Children's Rights Studies, which certifies and delivers the diplomas. Many foreign programmes are also available, particularly for studies of juvenile justice, in more than 20 countries, but also in other fields of study.

In 2010, the IDE opened a branch office in Geneva, to be closer to the key players in matters of children’s rights, and to be able to host activities in Geneva’s international environment.

Since 2012, the IDE has put a strategy of "outside the walls" training programmes into place in Western Africa (10 countries) and Southern Asia (5 countries), as well as maintained the existing Swiss and International training programmes, in collaboration with the CCRS.

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