The Leiden Children’s Rights Observatory, together with the Leiden Law Academy in partnership with the Petitions Section of the Office for the High Commissioner for the Human Rights and UNICEF, will host the symposium to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OPIC).

As they commemorate a decade of the OPIC, this symposium provides an opportunity for academics, professionals, government officials, and non-governmental stakeholders and young people to come together, share their knowledge and experiences, and chart a path forward toward the improved access to justice for children through the OPIC, and more states ratifying OPIC. Engaging in critical discourse and collaborative efforts can further advance the protection and promotion of children’s rights worldwide.

Speakers: prof. mr. dr. T. Liefaard: Professor of Children’s Rights, UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights, Leiden University and prof. dr. A. Skelton: The first holder the Rotating Honorary Chair: Enforcement of Children’s Rights, appointed for the academic year 2020-2021.