Strategic partners


United Nations High Level Interagency Task Force (UNITF)


Najat MAALLA M’JID

Najat MAALLA M’JID
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Virginia GAMBA

Virginia GAMBA
The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict


Members of the Advisory Board


Advisory Board


Ann Skelton

Ann SKELTON (South Africa) (Chair of the UN Global Study Advisory Board)
Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Malcom Evans

Malcom Evans (United Kingdom) (Vice-Chair of the UN Global Study Advisory Board)
Chair of the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture

Andrew Coyle

Andrew Coyle (United Kingdom)
Adviser on Prison and Criminal justice matters to the OHCHR, UNODC and the UN Latin American Institute for the Prevention of Crime and the Council of Europe (CPT)

Barry Goldson

Barry Goldson (United Kingdom)
Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool


Benyam Mezmur

Benyam Mezmur (Ethiopia)
Member and Former Chair, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Ben Lewis

Ben Lewis (Unites States)
Human Rights Officer, Migration and Human Rights (OHCHR)

Catalina Devandas Aguilar

Catalina Devandas Aguilar (Costa Rica)
UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Dainius Puras

Dainius Puras (Lithuania)
UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health

Hina Jilani

Hina Jilani (Pakistan)
Former UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders (2000 – 2008)

Jean Zermatten

Jean Zermatten (Switzerland)
Founder and Director of the International Institute for the Rights of the Child; Former Chair of UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Juan Mendez

Juan Mendez (Argentina)
Professor of Law and Human Rights Activist; Former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2008 – 2016)

Leila Zerrougui

Leila Zerrougui (Algeria)
Former UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

Mary Beloff

Mary Beloff (Argentina)
Children’s Rights and Criminal Law Expert, Faculty of Law, University of Buenos Aires

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio

Maud de Boer-Buquicchio (Netherlands)
UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

Pablo Ceriani Cernadas

Pablo Ceriani Cernadas (Argentina)
Vice Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of Migrants

Thomas Hammarberg

Thomas Hammarberg (Sweden)
Former Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe (2006-2012); Former Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (1991-1997)

Ton Liefaard

Ton Liefaard (Netherlands)
Professor of Children’s Rights and holds the UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at Leiden University, Leiden Law School

Ursula Kilkelly

Ursula Kilkelly (United Kingdom)
Dean, School of Law, University College Cork, Director of the Child Law Clinic

Usang Maria Assim

Usang Maria Assim (South Africa)
Senior Researcher Children’s Rights Project, Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights, University of the Western Cape

Vitit Muntarbhorn

Vitit Muntarbhorn (Thailand)
UN Independent Expert on protection against violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (2016 –present); Former Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (1990 – 1994)


Civil society representatives of the Advisory Board


Jo Becker

Jo Becker (United States)
Advocacy director of the Children's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch (HRW)

Benoit Van Keirsbilck

Benoit Van Keirsbilck (Belgium)
Director of the Belgian section of Defence for Children International (DCI)


NGO Panel

The NGO Panel for the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty*
Core Group members:

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