Yannick van den Brink
Dr. Yannick van den Brink is Assistant Professor of Child Law and Criminal Law at the Department of Child Law. He is also a Rubicon Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology (United Kingdom).
Dr. Yannick van den Brink is Assistant Professor of Child Law and Criminal Law at the Department of Child Law. He is also a Rubicon Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology (United Kingdom). In addition to his academic work, he serves as a deputy judge in the Youth Chamber of the District Court of The Hague.
Van den Brink publishes and teaches widely on themes related to juvenile justice, criminal justice, children’s rights and human rights. He is experienced in doing normative and empirical research. His particular fields of expertise are deprivation of liberty of children and the meaning of fundamental rights and principles in penal decision-making in juvenile justice.
Previously, Van den Brink was a visiting researcher at Northwestern University School of Law (Chicago, US), the Equal Justice Initiative (NYU Legal Clinic, Montgomery, US), the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law (Freiburg, Germany), and the University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology (United Kingdom).
Van den Brink holds a LL.B. degree in Dutch Law (cum laude), a LL.M. degree in Criminal Law (cum laude) and a MA degree in Criminology (cum laude) from Utrecht University, and a PhD degree in Law from Leiden University.
Van den Brink’s main current research project concerns a comparative study of pre-trial detention decision-making in youth courts in the United Kingdom, the United States and the Netherlands. The research focuses specifically on the meaning of the principle of equality in the decision-making process. The research project is funded by a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and carried out at the University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology.
Furthermore, Van den Brink is currently involved in two research projects related to the sentencing of children who have committed severe crimes. Moreover, he is working on research related to procedural rights of children – particularly the right to remain silent – in criminal proceedings. Additionally, he is involved in an explorative study of the potential impact of the new ‘General Comment no. 24; Children’s Rights and Juvenile Justice’ on Dutch juvenile justice.
Previously, Van den Brink’s PhD research analysed 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 (2016-2017). He was also the Principal Investigator of the evaluation study of the pilot ‘Teen Courts’ (2018).
Teaching, coordination and PhD supervision
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 (in the advanced master in International Children’s Rights) and in Dutch.
Until recently, Van den Brink was the academic coordinator of the (Dutch) master’s programme in Child Law (2016-2019) and a member of the Board of Education of Leiden Law School (2017-2018).
Van den Brink co-supervises two PhD candidates:
- Denise Verkroost (research on coercive measures in the youth care system)
- Nina van Capelleveen (research on legal responses to radicalisation of children)
Van den Brink serves as a deputy judge (rechter-plaatsvervanger) in the Youth Chamber 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). Van den Brink is also legal advisor and board member of the European Association for Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychology and other involved Professions – The Netherlands (EFCAP-NL).
Van den Brink is also involved in international consultancy work on juvenile justice matters. He is/has been involved in juvenile justice reform projects in amongst others Ukraine, Mongolia and Palestine. He has also experience as an expert consultant for the European Union (DG Justice), inter alia on the implementation of EU Directive 2016/800 on procedural safeguards for children in criminal proceedings. Van den Brink was also a member of the ‘Expert Working Group on Children Deprived of Liberty in the Administration of Juvenile Justice’ for the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
- Redactielid Tijdschrift voor Familie- en Jeugdrecht
- Bestuurslid en juridisch adviseur