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Invitation Jaap Doek Children’s Rights Thesis Award Ceremony 2020

The department of Child Law of Leiden University and Defence for Children invite you to the eighth Jaap Doek Children’s Rights Thesis Award ceremony. The ceremony will take place online, on Thursday 10 December from 15.30 until 17.00h.


  1. Ida Asscher
    Torn between Obligations of States and Rights of Individuals: The Obligation to Avoid Statelessness under Article 7 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Syrian Refugee Context.
  2. Katarina Bogojevic
    Digital Advertising and Children’s Rights: The Role of the State, Business and Parents.
  3. Walter Burkard
    A Matter of [a Dignified] Life and Death: Climate Change and Children’s Rights.
  4. Chandrima Chattopadhyay
    The Right to Privacy in Dataveillance Schools.
  5. Jessica Valentine
    Adding Value through OPIC and to Whom? Applying Lessons Learned by the HRC to Maximise Potential Impact of OPIC for Children.
  6. Roos Wind
    The best interests of the child and Article 8 ECHR in Dutch immigration jurisprudence.


15:15: Online environment opens

15:30: Opening remarks by Mirjam Blaak, Managing Director of Defence for Children the Netherlands and Professor Ton Liefaard, Vice-Dean of Leiden Law School and Professor of Children’s Rights

15:40: Keynote speech ‘Customer is king? Why children’s rights need to embrace the child as citizen’ by Bruno Vanobbergen, Director of the Flemish Agency for Growing Up and former Flemish Children’s Rights Commissioner

16:00: Discussion with the audience

16:10: Presentations by the nominees

16:35: Children’s Rights Quiz

16:45: Announcement winner of the Child’s Rights Thesis Award 2020 by Professor Jaap Doek


To register, please fill in this digital form before Tuesday 8 December. After registering, a link will be sent to you in the days before the ceremony through which you can attend this event. For questions, please contact jeugdrecht@law.leidenuniv.nl or 071- 527 60 56.

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