Justice Renate Winter is the Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). She is currently President of the Residual Special Court of Sierra Leone and a judge to the Special Court for Sierra Leone and an expert on family law, juvenile justice systems, women’s justice issues and child labour. She is a founding member of the International Institute for the Rights of the Child (IDE) which is dedicated to the worldwide training of judicial personnel and dissemination of information on children’s rights and former president of the International Association of Youth and Family Court Judges.
She is a contributor to the Draft Model Law on Juvenile Justice, the UN Manual on Juvenile Justice, and the Draft Model Law on Child Victims & Witness Protection. From 1981 to 1996 Justice Winter has been a Judge at the Vienna Youth Court, where she has undertaken projects to help rehabilitate juveniles with problems of drug addiction and mental disability. She has also worked on projects relating to youth and child soldiers for the United Nations, including in numerous African countries as well as in Latin America.
Throughout the 1990s, Justice Winter chaired numerous international conferences on matters relating to juvenile justice and gender-related justice issues.