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Mariëlle Bruning

Professor of Children and the Law

Prof.mr.drs. M.R. Bruning
+31 71 527 8913

Prof. mr. drs. M.R.Bruning is related to the Institute for Private Law as a professor since October 2004.

More information about Mariëlle Bruning

Mariëlle Bruning is professor of Child Law at Leiden Law School. She is head of the Child Law Department. She is the programme director of the LLM Child Law, a Dutch masters programme designed to provide specialism to those working with and for children in the legal field. She lectures various courses on child law to bachelor and master students and lectures in various post-academic courses for professionals (lawyers, judges etc.).

Mariëlle Bruning is a honorary juvenile judge at the District Court of Amsterdam and she is member of Advisory Committee Violence Against children in alternative care settings (committee De Winter, 2015-2016).

She is editor-in-chief of the Dutch Journal of Family and Child Law, is member of the editorial advice board of the Dutch Journal of Health Law and she chairs the editorial advice board of children’s rights journal Right!. She is member of Advisory Committee Violence Against children in alternative care settings (committee De Winter) since 2015.

Mariëlle Bruning finished her master’s degrees in Law and Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Maastricht and her doctorate in law at the VU University of Amsterdam. She was vice-director of the Amsterdam Centre of Child Studies at the VU University. She has worked as a legal consultant for a Youth Care Agency; and as a program manager for children’s rights organization Defence for Children International – ECPAT the Netherlands (2006-2009). She collaborates in children’s rights projects, e.g. Defence for Children International-ECPAT in the Children’s Rights House in Leiden, KidsRights and the Children’s Ombudsman and acts as a consultant on various projects concerning Child Law and Children’s Rights.

She regularly publishes on various topics in the area of children’s rights and family and juvenile law. Bruning’s research focuses on the legal position of the child and the triangle between rights and duties of parents, children and the state, with particular attention for child protection, youth care, children in alternative care, information sharing and privacy issues, legal aspects of child abuse and neglect and child abduction from an international perspective.


Professor of Children and the Law


  • LLM in Law, University of Maastricht, 1995
  • LLM in Liberal Arts, University of Maastricht, 1996

Title of dissertation

Justification of Child Protection – towards a New Child Protection System After 100 Years of Child Protection, Kluwer, 2001 (in Dutch).

Title of oration

Let’s talk about Some Kids – Information Sharing in Youth Care, Leiden University, 2006 (“Over sommige kinderen moet je praten – gegevensuitwisseling in de jeugdzorg”).

Ancillary positions + organisation

  • (parttime) Juvenile Court Judge, District Court of Amsterdam
  • Editor(-in-chief) Tijdschrift voor Familie- en Jeugdrecht
  • Editor Right! (chair; Tijdschrift voor de Rechten van het Kind)
  • Commissie De Winter 


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Professor of Children and the Law

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Privaatrecht
  • Jeugdrecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B335



  • commissie geweld in de jeugdzorg (commissie De Winter) commissielid
  • Tijdschrift voor Gezondheidsrecht lid redactieraad
  • Kluwer Redactielid Tijdschrift voor Familie- en Jeugdrecht
  • Rechtbank Amsterdam Rechter-plaatsvervanger (jeugdstrafkamer)