Committee Elections

Committee Elections2018-07-05T11:03:47+00:00

Committee Elections

Every two years, the term of half the Committee members ends and elections take place in New York, generally in June. 

Child Rights Connect advocates for quality, independence and diversity of the Committee membership. We contact States and children’s rights defenders to encourage the nomination and election of the most suitably qualified experts, based on the official criteria provided by the CRC, the GA Resolution on treaty body strengthening and the Addis Ababa Guidelines on the independence and impartiality of treaty body members. We also promote transparency by providing the nominees with the opportunity to respond to a public questionnaire where they can demonstrate how their experience and expertise is an added value for the Committee. The responses to the questionnaires are published on the

Results of the 2018 elections

As of the 29 June 2018 nine new members of the Committee on the Rights of the Child were elected in New York:

  1. Mr. Bragi GUDBRANDSSON Iceland/Europe
  2. Mr. Philip D. JAFFE Swittzerland/Europe
  3. Mrs. Faith MARSHALL-HARRIS Barbados/Caribbean
  4. Ms. Aïssatou Alassane Moulaye SIDIKOU  Niger/Africa
  5. Suzanne AHOM ASSOUA, Togo(Vice-Chairperson) / Africa
  6. Hynd AYOUBI IDRISSI, Morocco/Africa
  7. Gehad MADI, Egypt/ Africa
  8. Clarence NELSON, Samoa/ Asia (Vice-Chairperson)
  9. José Angel RODRÍGUEZ REYES, Venezuela/ Latin America

You can check bellow the gender and geographic distribution as well as the areas of expertise:

As a member of TB-Net, Child Rights Connect works to make the elections of the Committee on the Rights of the Child as well as of other treaty bodies more open and transparent. For this purpose, you can find all the complementary questionnaires and videos of the candidates in the TB Elections webpage.


April 2018 was the deadline for submission of nominees by States to the OHCHR. The term of nine CRC Committee members was going to expire on 28 February 2019:

  1. Suzanne AHOM ASSOUA, Togo(Vice-Chairperson) / Africa
  2. Hynd AYOUBI IDRISSI, Morocco/Africa
  3. Jorge CARDONA LLORENS, Spain/ Europe
  4. Bernard GASTAUD, Monaco / Europe (Rapporteur)
  5. Hatem KOTRANE, Tunisia / Africa
  6. Gehad MADI, Egypt/ Africa
  7. Clarence NELSON, Samoa/ Asia (Vice-Chairperson)
  8. José Angel RODRÍGUEZ REYES, Venezuela/ Latin America (Vice-Chairperson)
  9. Kirsten SANDBERG, Norway/ Europe

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