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Award ceremony Jaap Doek Children's Rights Thesis Award

Friday 15 December 2023
Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden

The Department of Child Law of Leiden University and Defence for Children invite you to the ninth Jaap Doek Children’s Rights Thesis Award ceremony, which will take place on Friday 15 December from 14.00 onwards.

The prize will go to the best master’s thesis in the field of children’s rights. From the many theses submitted by law students and students from other disciplines, the jury, led by chairman Jaap Doek, has nominated six candidates for the thesis prize.


  1. Anne Klootwijk
    The legal protection of children under guardianship. Cinderella of the Revised Child Protection Measures Act?
  2. Sayeh Mohammadi
    Children's Rights in Regime Change Protests
  3. Kim Schuurman
    Game Design: No Child’s Play
  4. Vineeca Ku
    Voicing the Bloody Truth: A Children’s Rights Approach to Overcome Menstrual Stigma and Taboos in Asia
  5. Tamizhoviya Indhoomati Thangavel
    Freedom from Caste: Seeking Solutions through National and International Children’s Rights Framework
  6. Indy Scharrenberg
    Conversion from PIJ (custodial measure for juveniles) to a TBS order (forensic psychiatric treatment order): a necessary evil?



14.00: Doors open
14.30: Opening by Mirjam Blaak, Managing Director of Defence for Children, and Professor Ton Liefaard, Professor of Children's Rights at Leiden University
14.40: Keynote speech ‘Children in armed conflicts’ by Dr Mikiko Otani, member and former chairman of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, international human rights lawyer in Japan and guest lecturer at Leiden University (rotating professorship ‘Enforcement of Children’s Rights’)
15.10: Audience discussion
15.30: Presentations of nominees
16.00: Announcement of the winner of the Children's Rights Prize by Professor Jaap Doek
16.30: Drinks in the Leiden Law School restaurant

Location and registration guests

The Jaap Doek Thesis Award will take place on December 15, 2023 in room A0.51 of the Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw at Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden. Registration for this event is necessary. Registrations can be submitted until Friday, December 8, at jeugdrecht@law.leidenuniv.nl

For other questions, please contact the above e-mail address or via 071- 527 60 56.

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