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Stephanie Rap

Assistant Professor

Dr. S.E. Rap
+31 71 527 3625

Dr. S.E. Rap is part of the Department of Child Law, Institute for Private Law since the 1st of April 2015 as assistant professor.

More information about Stephanie Rap

Dr. Stephanie Rap is assistant professor at the Child Law Department at Leiden University. She holds master’s degrees in Pedagogical sciences and Criminology. In 2013 she defended her Ph.D. dissertation in juvenile criminal law titled The participation of juvenile defendants in the youth court: A comparative study of juvenile justice procedures in Europe at Utrecht University. Stephanie Rap has published and presented extensively on juvenile justice, children’s rights and child participation in legal proceedings. She lectures on topics related to juvenile justice and child protection in the Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights.


Assistant professor


  • Bachelor of science in pedagogical sciences, Utrecht University, 2005
  • Master of science in Social education and youth policy, Utrecht University, 2006
  • Master of arts in Criminology, Utrecht University, 2008

Title of dissertation / oration / key publications

The participation of juvenile defendants in the youth court: A comparative study of juvenile justice procedures in Europe, Pallas Publications, 2013. 

Key publications 

  • Rap, S. (2017). The voice of the child in juvenile justice procedures. In T. Liefaard & J. Sloth-Nielsen (Eds.), The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Taking Stock after 25 Years and Looking Ahead (pp. 294-315). Leiden: Brill/Nijhoff.
  • Rap, S. (2016). A children’s rights perspective on the participation of juvenile defendants in the youth court. The International Journal of Children’s Rights, 24(1), pp. 94-112.
  • Rap, S. (2016). The implementation of the right to be heard in juvenile justice proceedings in Europe. In I. Iusmen & H. Stalford (Eds.), The EU as a Global Children’s Rights Actor: Law, Policy and Structural Dimensions (pp. 133-163). London: Barbara Budrich Publishers.
  • Rap, S. (2015). The participation of social services in youth justice systems in Europe. European Journal of Social Work, Vol. 18, No. 5, pp. 675–689.
  • Rap, S., & Weijers, I. (2014). The effective youth court. Juvenile justice procedures in Europe. The Hague: Eleven international publishing.

Courses within institution associated with

Stephanie Rap is academic coordinator of the Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children’s Rights. She teaches in the courses Children in the justice system and Child protection and children’s rights.



Dutch / English / German / French.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Privaatrecht
  • Jeugdrecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 3.38



  • Larcier Group Redactielidmaatschap Tijdschrift voor Jeugd- en Kinderrechten
  • T.M.C. Asser Institute Lidmaatschap Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research
  • International Association of Youth and Family Judges and Magistrates Lidmaatschap

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