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Since July 2004, Jaap E. Doek is emeritus professor of Law (Family and Juvenile Law) at the VU University (Vrije Universiteit) in Amsterdam.
He is the chairperson of 'Aflatoun Child Savings International', an International NGO promoting social and financial education for children. Moreover, he is member of the Advisory Committee of the Innocenti Research Centre' of UNICEF (since 2006) in Florence, member of the International Board of Trustees of the African Child Policy Forum' since 2004 (Ethiopia), member of the expert committee for the selection of candidates for the Annual Children's Peace Prize since 2006 (initiative of KidsRights, The Netherlands), member of the Advisory Board of Plan The Netherlands (2008), member of the Jury for the Human Rights Defenders Tulip an international Prize established by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (2008), member of the Global Agenda Council on the Welfare of Children established by the World Economic Forum (2008).
Furthermore, Prof. Doek has been and still is active as an advisor/consultant for, among others, the Special representative on Children and armed Conflict, the regional office of UNICEF for East and Southern Africa, a number of UNICEF country offices (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Nepal and Suriname )and some governments of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Previously, Prof. Doek was a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child' (1999 - 2007) and a chairperson of that Committee (2001-2007). He also held the position of professor of Juvenile Law at the University of Leiden, and was the Dean of the Law Faculty at the Vrije Universiteit (1988 - 1992). From 1978 to 1985, he was a juvenile court judge in the district court of Alkmaar and The Hague and from 2005 - 2012 a deputy justice in the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam. From 1982 to 1986, he was a member of the Board of the International Association of Juvenile and Family Court Magistrates. See for more information the following link.