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 (OP3 or OPIC). 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.
- Ton Liefaard - Professor of Children's Rights and UNICEF Chair in Children's Rights, Leiden Law School, Leiden University.
- Julia Sloth-Nielsen - Professor of Children's Rights in the Developing World, Leiden Law School, Leiden University & Professor of Law, University of the Western Cape, South Africa.
- Jaap Doek - Guest Professor of Children's Rights, Leiden Law School, Leiden University and Emeritus Professor of Family and Child Law, VU University Amsterdam; Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2001-2007).
- Nicolás Espejo Yaksic - Center for Constitutional Studies, Supreme Court of Mexico, and Visiting Fellow, Exeter College, Oxford University.
- Daniella Zlotnik Raz - LL.M. Alumna Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights. PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa.
Managing Editor: Lisanne van Dijck, Master of Laws Programme Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights.
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.