Prof Dr T. Liefaard

Position:
  • UNICEF Professor of Children's Rights
Expertise:
  • Children's rights
  • Juvenile justice
  • Children in detention
  • Violence against children
  • Participation of children


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 6109
E-Mail: t.liefaard@law.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Privaatrecht, Jeugdrecht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 333


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Prof. Dr. Ton Liefaard holds the UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at Leiden University, Leiden Law School. He teaches children’s rights, child law and juvenile justice from an international and comparative perspective and has published widely on the meaning of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and related international and regional instruments for the position of children at the national level. He is the programme director of the Master Programme (LL.M) Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights. He also coordinates the Leiden Summer School on International Children's Rights. He has received the award for best lecturer of Leiden Law School in 2015.

Ton Liefaard is a honorary juvenile judge at the District Court of Amsterdam and a member of the State Commission advising the Dutch Government on changing parental relationships and the position of children. He regularly works as a consultant for international organizations, including agencies of the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the European Union, on issues related to children’s rights, juvenile justice, child friendly justice, child protection, alternative care and violence against children.

His key publications include: Deprivation of Liberty of Children in Light of International Human Rights Law and Standards (Intersentia 2008),  ‘Juveniles in Transition from Juvenile Justice to Adult Criminal Justice’ (in: R. Loeber et al. (eds.), Persisters and desisters in crime from adolescence into adulthood: Explanation, prevention and punishment, Ashgate 2012), ‘Child Soldiers: Towards A Rights Based Imagery’ (in: C. Brants, A. Hol and D. Siegel (eds.). Transitional Justice. Images and Memories. Ashgate 2013), Litigating the Rights of the Child (Springer 2014, edited with J.E. Doek) and ‘Juvenile justice from an international children's rights perspective’ (in: W. Vandenhole et al. (eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Children's Rights Studies, Routledge 2015.

Studies

  • PhD in law (VU University Amsterdam)
  • Master of Laws (VU University Amsterdam)

Title of dissertation

T. Liefaard, Deprivation of Liberty of Children in Light of International Human Rights Law and Standards, Antwerp/Oxford/Portland: Intersentia publishing 2008.

Key publications

T. Liefaard & J.E. Doek (eds.), Litigating the Rights of the Child. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Domestic and International Jurisprudence, Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media 2014.

T. Liefaard, 'Juvenile justice from a children's rights perspective', in: W. Vandenhole et al. (eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Children's Rights Studies, New York: Routledge (forthcoming).

T. Liefaard, ‘Child Soldiers: Towards A Rights Based Imagery’, in: C. Brants, A. Hol & D. Siegel (eds.). Transitional Justice. Images and Memories. Aldershot: Ashgate 2013, pp. 161-180.

T. Liefaard, 'Juveniles in transition from juvenile justice to adult criminal justice', in: R. Loeber, M. Hoeve, N.W. Slot & P. van der Laan (eds,), Persisters and desisters in crime from adolescence into adulthood: Explanation, prevention and punishment, Aldershot: Ashgate 2012, pp. 159-200.

A. Beijer & T. Liefaard, 'A Bermuda Triangle? Balancing protection, participation and proof in criminal proceedings affecting child victims and witnesses', Utrecht Law Review 2011, 3, pp. 70-106.

I. Weijers & T. Liefaard, 'Youngsters', in: M. Boone & M. Moerings (eds.), Dutch prisons, The Hague: BJu Legal Publishers 2007, pp. 127-166.

 

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Ancillary positions + organization

  • Deputy juvenile judge, District Court of Amsterdam
  • Member State Commission on Changing Parental Relationships (Staatscommissie Herijking Ouderschap), appointed by the Dutch Government
  • Expert to European Commission, DG Justice, Expert/ Evaluator Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme
  • Expert to Council for Penological Cooperation (PC-CP) of the Council of Europe
  • Vice-chair editorial board Journal of Family and Juvenile Law (Tijdschrift voor Familie- en Jeugdrecht, Kluwer)
  • Member editorial board Journal of Youth and Children's Rights (Tijdschift voor Jeugd en Kinderrechten, Larcier Belgium)
  • Member editorial board Commentary on Dutch Child Law (SDU Commentaar Jeugdrecht)
  • Lecturer in various post-academic courses for professionals (lawyers, judges etc.)

Languages

Dutch (native), English (fluent), French, German, Afrikaans

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Last Modified: 07-06-2016