The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child Facing Age Assessment

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has already expressed its views on the treatment of unaccompanied foreign minors on several occasions. These pronouncements respond to individual petitions from Spain, and most of them raise problems linked to the age assessment of children. The lack of direct jurisdictional appeal against these procedures determines the inclusion or exclusion of a migrant person from the state protection system without judicial control. Insofar as these pronouncements represent a universally valid interpretation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, this paper aims to present the main lines of the Committee's doctrine on this subject, without losing sight of an introduction to the particularities of the problem of age assessment in Spain.