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Research Talent grant NWO awarded to Eva Schmidt

Together with prof. Ton Liefaard, Eva Schmidt was granted a prestigious scholarship from the Research Talent programme of the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

The Research Talent programme offers excellent students in the social and behavioural sciences the opportunity to do PhD research. The research will be conducted within the Department of Child Law under the supervision of prof. Ton Liefaard and dr. Stephanie Rap.

The research is titled ‘Culpability in Development: Sentencing Adolescents as Juveniles or Adults’ and aims to clarify the concepts of criminal culpability and responsibility of adolescents (juveniles and young adults). It will be investigated how these concepts should be understood from a legal, but also from a (neuro- and developmental) psychological perspective. To this end, a comparison will be made with Belgium and Germany, and interviews with the judiciary.

Prior to the research, Eva studied at Utrecht University where she obtained her bachelors in Law and in Psychology (both cum laude) and her masters in Legal Research. She participated in research that was carried out by Utrecht University and the Children’s Ombudsman and published, during her studies, among others in the Dutch Journal for Family and Child Law (Tijdschrift voor Familie- en Jeugdrecht).

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