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Stephanie Rap and Yannick van den Brink presented at the EU Forum on the Rights of the Child in Brussels

Stephanie Rap and Yannick van den Brink, both assistant professor at the Department of Child Law, presented their research at the 11th EU Forum on the rights of the child: Children deprived of their liberty and alternatives to detention, which took place in Brussels from 6 to 8 November 2017.

Stephanie Rap during her presentation.

The EU Forum started with the side event 'Pathways – the vulnerabilities of children concerned with deprivation of liberty'. During this event, Stephanie Rap, in front of 150 participants from all EU countries, presented on the right to participation and information for children who are deprived of their liberty.

The main event consisted of plenary talks by, among others, Manfred Nowak, Independent Expert leading the Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, Renate Winter, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children. The Forum covered the theme’s children in conflict with the law, detention of children in context of migration, children in institutions and children with parents in prison.

Yannick van den Brink took place in an expert panel in the session on ‘Children in conflict with the law’ and presented on the alternatives for detention of juvenile suspects in the pre-trial phase of criminal procedures, based on the findings of his PhD research.

Yannick van den Brink during his presentation.

The purpose of the Forum was to contribute to the development of regulations, policies and best practices to reduce deprivation of liberty of children in the European Union and to better protect the rights of children who are deprived of liberty.