This report approaches child rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of Child as a framework to inform and assess the inputs, outputs, processes and outcomes of child rights strategic litigation (CRSL), in line with the view that children’s rights set out in the Convention can and should play a role with regard to shaping and informing litigation practice. It proceeds from the assumption that where CRSL efforts aim to advance children’s rights through legal and/or social change but are inconsistent with children’s rights in terms of how they are operationalised, their legitimacy is weakened, as well as their internal coherence and capacity to contribute to children’s rights achievement in practice.
In outlining how strategic litigation practice can take express account of children’s rights in terms of design, operationalisation, follow-up and accompanying advocacy, media and communications work, this report seeks to strengthen existing CRSL efforts to advance children’s rights. In making clear what child rights-consistent CRSL practice looks like, the report aims to support practitioners in improving their work by putting children’s rights at the heart of their practice.
Nolan, A., Skelton, A., & Ozah, K. (2022). Advancing Child Rights-Consistent Strategic Litigation Practice. London: Advancing Child Rights Strategic Litigation project