The Leiden Children's Rights Observatory is an open access online database of case commentaries, written by international experts on children’s rights, referring to the decisions of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child under the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communication Procedure (CRC OP3) and children's rights jurisprudence of other human rights bodies that add value to the field. The Leiden Children's Rights Observatory offers original analyses and critical reflections on legal developments and international standards. It also serves as a platform for discussions on topical children's rights issues with relevance for children from all over the world.

The Leiden Children's Rights Observatory is based at the Department of Child Law of Leiden Law School in the Netherlands.

Editorial team

Managing Editors: Lisanne van Dijck, Master of Laws Programme Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights & Jessica Valentine, LL.M. Alumna Master of laws: Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights.

Author Guidelines

We encourage proposals for case notes and discussions and prospective authors are welcome to contact the managing editors via email with any proposal. The managing editors will inform you as soon as possible if we are interested in your proposal. Please note that the editorial board reserves the right not to publish contributions that do not conform with the below guidelines or which do not meet the required quality standards.

Author Guidelines Case Notes

UNICEF Chair in Children's Rights

The Leiden Children’s Rights Observatory has been developed as part of the UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights, a special partnership between UNICEF the Netherlands, Leiden University and the Leiden University Fund.


The Leiden Children’s Rights Observatory has been developed with the financial support of Janivo Stichting.

Other resources

Below you will find other sources related to CRC OP3.


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