Jaap E. Doek has been an Emeritus Professor of Law (Family and Juvenile Law) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since July 2004.
Jaap E. Doek is ECPAT's special legal advisor. In that capacity, he was involved in drafting the Terminology Guidelines for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (also known as The Luxemburg Guidelines 2016) and in producing the Explanatory report to the Guidelines (Bangkok: ECPAT September 2019). He was also involved in developing the Guidelines for the Implementation of the Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography that were adopted by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN Doc. CRC/C/156, 10 September 2019).
He co-founded the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and was involved in the founding of Defence for Children International. He is the Chair of the Supervisory Board of Child Helpline International, a member of the Board of the African Child Policy Forum, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Defence for Children International.
Professor Doek has served as a member of the UN CRC Committee (1999-2007) and Chair of that committee from 2001 to 2007. He was Professor of Juvenile Law at Leiden University (1998-2003), visiting scholar at the law schools of Georgetown University and the University of Michigan (1993) and a visiting professor at the Northwestern University School of Law (1999).
He has been a juvenile court judge in the district courts of Alkmaar and The Hague (1978-1985) and a deputy justice at the Amsterdam Court of Appeal (2005-2012). From 1982 to 1986, he was member of the Board of the International Association of Juvenile and Family Court Magistrates (IAJFM).
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