Third Party Intervention to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Date: 12 June 2020

Introduction: Dr. Gamze Erdem Türkelli (University of Antwerp), Prof. Dr. Wouter Vandenhole (University of Antwerp) were invited to submit a third party intervention in a case against France in relation to the protection of children in Northern Syria.

Upon invitation by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Dr. Gamze Erdem Türkelli (University of Antwerp), Prof. Dr. Wouter Vandenhole (University of Antwerp), Dr. Meda Couzens (Western Sydney University), Chrisje Sandelowsky-Bosman (LL.M.) (Leiden University) and Prof. Dr. Ton Liefaard (Leiden University) have submitted a third party intervention in a case against France.

The core of the submission revolves around the issue of extraterritorial jurisdiction in relation to the protection of children in Northern Syria. The submission has been endorsed by 26 leading legal and other academics from various parts of the world. As soon as the Committee publishes its decision or views on the communications, the third party intervention will be made public.

The intervention was supported by:

  • Prof. Dr. Karin Arts (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
  • Prof. Warren Binford (Willamette University)
  • Dr. Laura Carpaneto (University of Genoa)
  • Dr. Pablo Ceriani Cernadas (Universidad Nacional de Lanús and Former Vice-chair, UN Committee on Migrant Workers)
  • Dr. Aoife Daly (University of Liverpool)
  • Prof. Bina D'Costa (The Australian National University)
  • Prof. Dr. Ellen Desmet (Ghent University)
  • Prof. Dr. Jaap E. Doek (VU University and Former Chair UN Committee on the Rights of the Child)
  • Dr. Nicolás Espejo Yaksic (Supreme Court of Mexico and University of Oxford)
  • Michael Garcia Bochenek (Columbia University)
  • Prof. Dr. Kathryn Hollingsworth (Newcastle University)
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Kilkelly (University College Cork)
  • Prof. Dr. Thalia Kruger (University of Antwerp)
  • Sara Lembrechts (University of Antwerp)
  • Dr. Jernej Letnar Černič (New University)
  • Prof. Laura Lundy (Queen’s University)
  • Dr. Nicholas Munn (University of Waikato)
  • Prof. Dr. Manfred Nowak (Global Campus of Human Rights, Former Independent UN Expert leading the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty)
  • Dr. Noam Peleg (University of New South Wales)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter R. Rodrigues (Leiden University)
  • Prof. Kirsten Sandberg (University of Oslo and Former member and Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child)
  • Prof. Dr. Julia Sloth-Nielsen (Leiden University and University of the Western Cape)
  • Prof. Dr. Helen Stalford (University of Liverpool)
  • Dr. Rebecca Thorburn Stern (University of Uppsala)
  • Dr. Tara Van Ho (University of Essex)
  • Prof. Dr. Jinske Verhellen (Ghent University)


Link: https://ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/CRCIndex.aspx