In 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure. This third Optional Protocol provides for a communications procedure with the Committee on the Rights of the Child, by means of which both children and their legal representatives may submit communications concerning violation of children’s rights by a Member State.

In this article the history, development and content of the third Optional Protocol is discussed and its wider implications for States Parties held to closer scrutiny.

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