This report is part of CRIN's access to justice for children project, looking at the status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in national law, the status of children involved in legal proceedings, the legal means to challenge violations of children’s rights and the practical considerations involved in challenging violations.
The CRC is ratified and forms part of national law, making it directly enforceable in the courts. Children over 14 can file civil cases to challenge violations of their rights, but only with parental consent. Cases on behalf of a children younger than 14 must be field by the parent or legal guardian. There is a right to legal aid for any matter concerning the rights and interests of the child. In addition to the national courts, children can turn to the Ombudsman and the Commission for Protection Against Discrimination, as well as the European Court on Human Rights.