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Invitation: award ceremony Jaap Doek Children's Rights Thesis Award 2021

The Department of Child Law of Leiden University and Defence for Children invite you to the ninth Jaap Doek Children’s Rights Thesis Award ceremony, which will take place online, on Tuesday 7 December from 15.30 onwards (in English).

The prize will go to the best master’s thesis in the field of children’s rights. From the many theses submitted by law students but also students from other disciplines, the jury, led by chairman Jaap Doek, has nominated six candidates who are eligible for the thesis prize.


  1. Marie-Pier Giroux
    The Phenomenon of Self-Generated Sexual Content among Adolescents.
  2. Meghan Ingram
    Between Dystopia and Utopia: The ‘Response-Ability’ of European States to Ensure the Rights of Children of Foreign Terrorist Fighters Held in Syria.
  3. Richelle Mellema
    Separating Parent and Child? The Best Interest of the Child in Judicial Migration Procedures and the Right to Family Life.
  4. Maurizio Sovino Meléndez
    Ensuring Child Victims’ Right to an Effective Remedy: Rethinking Statutory Limitations.
  5. Rune Vanleeuw
    Digital Child Labour: The Phenomenon of Family Vlogs and Kidfluencers.
  6. Lotte Warlop
    Realisation of the Right to Participate in Juvenile Court: Thematic Analysis of Juvenile Court Files


15:15: Online environment opens
15:30: Opening remarks by Mirjam Blaak, Managing Director of Defence for Children the Netherlands and Ton Liefaard, Vice-Dean of Leiden Law School and Professor of Children’s Rights
15:40: Keynote speech 'What role for the Committee on the Rights of the Child in protecting children’s rights against climate harm?' by Dr Margaretha Wewerinke-Singh, Assistant Professor at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies
16:15: Presentations by the nominees
16:50: Announcement winner of the Child’s Rights Thesis Award 2021 by Professor Jaap Doek


To register, please fill in this digital this digital form. This is possible up to and including Wednesday 1 December. The link to the livestream will be sent via email in the days before the ceremony.

For questions, please contact jeugdrecht@law.leidenuniv.nl or 071- 527 60 56.

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