Stephanie Rap wins publication prize
On 24 November 2016 dr. Stephanie Rap received the publication prize of the Society for Family and Child Law for her publication ‘A children’s rights perspective on the participation of juvenile defendants in the youth court’, published in The International Journal of Children’s Rights, vol. 24(1), (2016).
In the winning publication the author analyses the right to participation from a children’s rights perspective and a developmental psychological perspective. Juvenile defendants have the right to be heard in juvenile justice proceedings, according to article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Moreover, from developmental psychological research it can be concluded that young people who appear in court usually have a limited understanding of judicial procedures. Insights from the children’s rights and the developmental psychological perspective are taken as starting points in this study to formulate requirements for the effective participation of juvenile defendants. Moreover, this article presents an overview of youth court practices in 11 European countries in order to analyse the extent to which the requirements are fulfilled in practice.
The publication prize of the Society for Family and Child Law is a yearly award for an academic publication concerning family and child law, for a young scholar below the age of 35.
A link to the article can be found here.