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Yannick van den Brink

Assistant Professor

Mr.dr. Y.N. van den Brink
+31 71 527 6425

Dr. Yannick van den Brink is Assistant Professor of Child Law and Criminal Law at the Department of Child Law.

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Yannick van den Brink obtained his LL.B degree in Dutch Law (2009, cum laude), LL.M degree in Criminal Law (2011, cum laude) and MA degree in Global Criminology (2012, cum laude) at Utrecht University. In 2012, Van den Brink was awarded a Meijers PhD position at the Department of Child Law at Leiden University. In August 2016, he has been appointed as Assistant Professor. On 25 January 2018, Van den Brink obtained his PhD degree after defending is dissertation on pre-trial detention in the Dutch juvenile justice system.


Van den Brink conducts his research at the intersection of child law, criminal law and criminology, with a specific focus on juvenile justice. He uses normative and empirical research methods. He has a particular research interest in the meaning of fundamental rights and principles in penal decision-making in juvenile justice.

Van den Brink’s PhD thesis analyses the use of pre-trial detention in the Dutch juvenile justice system from an international and European human rights and children’s rights perspective. The PhD thesis was awarded the FJR Prize 2018 and led to questions in Parliament and an official response from the Minister of Legal Protection.

Moreover, Van den Brink was the Principal Investigator of a research project on pre-trial detention of juveniles, commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Justice and carried out by the Department of Child Law in collaboration with the Department of Criminology of Leiden University (2016-2017). Furthermore, he was the Principal Investigator of the evaluation study of the pilot ‘Teen Courts’ (2018).

Teaching and coordination

Van den Brink teaches courses in juvenile justice, international children’s rights and legal research methods at  bachelor's, master's, advanced master's and post-academic level. He teaches both in English (as part of the advanced master in International Children’s Rights) and in Dutch.

Van den Brink is the academic coordinator of the (Dutch) master’s programme in Child Law (Jeugdrecht).

Research experience abroad

Van de Brink conducted several research visits abroad. In 2013 , Van den Brink was a visiting researcher at Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, and he visited youth courts, youth detention centers and projects meant as alternatives to detention in Chicago, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC (United States). In the same year, he was the secretary of a Dutch expert delegation on children in military detention visiting Israel and the Palestinian territories on the West Bank.

In 2015, Van den Brink was a visiting researcher at the Equal Justice Initiative (NYU Legal Clinic on Equal Justice) in Montgomery (Alabama; United States). He also visited youth probation services,  youth detention centers  and research institutes in the Bay Area (around San Francisco), including UC Berkeley School of Law. In 2016, Van den Brink was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, Germany.

Ancillary activities

In addition to his work at the university, Van den Brink serves as a deputy judge (rechter-plaatsvervanger) in the youth court of the District Court of The Hague. Moreover, he is a member of the editorial board of the Dutch Journal of Family and Child Law (Tijdschrift voor Familie- en Jeugdrecht). Furthermore, Van den Brink is legal advisor and board member of EFCAP-NL (the Dutch section of the European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and other involved Professions).

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Privaatrecht
  • Jeugdrecht

Work address

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



  • Rechtbank Den Haag Rechter-plaatsvervanger
  • Kluwer Redactielid Tijdschrift voor Familie- en Jeugdrecht
  • UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty Lid van werkgroep 'Deprivation of Liberty of Children in the Administration of Juvenile Justice'
  • Efcap Nederland (vereniging voor jeugdforensische gedragsdeskundigen) Bestuurslid en juridisch adviseur

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