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Katrien Klep

Assistant Professor

Dr.mr. K.F.M. Klep
+31 71 527 1325

Dr. Katrien Klep, LLM, has been affliated to the Institute for Private Law since July 2016 as assistant professor International Children’s Rights.

More information about Katrien Klep

Katrien Klep studied Latin American Studies and International Law at Utrecht University. She did her master research in Ecuador amongst the indigenous Tsáchila, focusing on human rights and indigenous rights to land, and received her MA degree in 2001 and LLM degree (cum laude) in 2002.

After her studies she worked for several years as clerk of the court in the Refugee Law Unit of the Amsterdam Court of Law. In December 2012 she defended her dissertation on the anthropological analysis of transitional justice instruments (especially truth commissions and memorialisation) in Chile. For years she has worked as senior lecturer and senior thesis supervisor in the Masters ‘Multiculturalism,’ and ‘Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship,’ and many Bachelor courses at Utrecht University . She has specialized in teaching and supervising research design, ethnography and qualitative methods.

In 2016 Katrien Klep started working in the Child Law department as an assistant professor. She participated in the multi-disciplinary evaluation of the Children’s Ombudsman Act as senior researcher. In her scientific work there are two major interests: (1) how do (human) rights work in practice.  And (2) the use of legal methods and qualitative methods in research.

Her research is related to questions of localization of human rights and children’s rights, Children’s Rights Cities and socio-legal methods. Her current research, narratives of children’s rights, focusses on the question what the legal and daily practice of (protection of) children’s rights reveals about how ‘children’ as a social group are being looked at and how they are being understood. This ties in to questions about (legal and societal notions  of) ‘evolving capacities’ and ‘agency’ of children. She participates  in the Child Rights Research Symposium-netwerk, a collaboration between research groups of different European Universities that work on Children’s Rights and Child and Family Law.

Katrien Klep teaches in the Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights and the Summerschool ‘Frontiers of Children’s Rights.’  She also teaches workshops on research design and methods.

She has been member of the ‘Think Tank’ on local human rights of the Municipality of Utrecht. Currently she is an active expert member of the ‘Think Tank’ ‘Utrecht Children’s Rights City’ of the Municipality of Utrecht.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Privaatrecht
  • Jeugdrecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 3.43



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