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Master’s thesis about Children’s Rights? Win the Jaap Doek Children’s Rights Thesis Award 2020

The Jaap Doek Children’s Rights Thesis Award is an annual award for the best thesis in the field of Children’s Rights granted by Defence for Children and the Department of Child Law of Leiden Law School.

On November 1st, 2012, the Jaap Doek Children’s Rights Thesis Award was established in honour of prof. Jaap Doek for his outstanding achievements in the field of children's rights, in the Netherlands and worldwide.

This year the thesis award will be presented for the eighth time. Both law students and students from other disciplines can apply. Since several years, candidates from the Dutch Caribbean, Surinam and Flanders are also cordially invited to send in their theses.

Prize and conditions

The Jaap Doek Thesis Award is rewarded with an organized trip to Geneva, including a visit to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (note: only if the conditions allow this trip to take place), and prize money of € 500,00 to be spent freely. Only master’s theses graded with (the equivalent of) an 8 (eight) or more in the preceding academic year (1 September 2019 until 31 August 2020) will be considered. The master’s thesis should be submitted before 12 am on 1 October 2020. Detailed information about conditions can be found in the regulations.


The jury consists of experts with special merits in the field of Children’s Rights:

  • Jaap Doek (chairman), emeritus professor of Children’s Rights (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam);
  • Karin Arts, professor of International law and development (ISS The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam);
  • Sharon Detrick, senior legal adviser, PhD (Defence for Children);
  • Ton Liefaard, vice-dean of Leiden Law School and UNICEF professor of Children’s Rights (Leiden University);
  • Wouter Vandenhole, professor of Human and children’s rights (University of Antwerp).

Award ceremony

The prize will be awarded on the afternoon of Thursday, December 10th. Depending on the circumstances, the award ceremony will take place either on the law faculty of Leiden University or online. The participants who are nominated by the members of the jury will be invited to present their theses.


If you require any further information please contact the Secretariat Department of Child Law through e-mail jeugdrecht@law.leidenuniv.nl or by telephone: 071-5276056.


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