Prof Dr M.R. Bruning

  • Professor
  • Child Law
  • Children's Rights
  • Family Law

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 8913
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid, Instituut voor Privaatrecht, Jeugdrecht
Office Address: Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B335
Personal Homepage:​org/​privaatrecht/​bpr/​burgerlijkrecht/​medewerkers/​bruningmr.html


Professor of Children and the Law


  • LLM in Law, University of Maastricht, 1995

  • LLM in Liberal Arts, University of Maastricht, 1996

Title of dissertation

Justification of Child Protection – towards a New Child Protection System After 100 Years of Child Protection, Kluwer, 2001

Title of oration

Let’s talk about Some Kids – Information Sharing in Youth Care, Leiden University, 2006 (“Over sommige kinderen moet je praten – gegevensuitwisseling in de jeugdzorg”)

Courses within institution associated with

  • Introduction to Child Law

  • Children’s Rights

  • Masters program Child Law

Ancillary positions + organisation

  • (parttime) Juvenile Court Judge, District Court of Amsterdam

  • Editor(-in-chief) Tijdschrift voor Familie- en Jeugdrecht

  • Editor Right! (chair; Tijdschrift voor de Rechten van het Kind)


Dutch, English, French, German


Professor Mariëlle Bruning lectures Child Law, Children’s Rights and Juvenile Justice at the Faculty of Law, Leiden University, where she is director of the Child Law Department. She is also director of the LLM Child Law, a new Dutch masters programme designed to provide specialism to those working with and for children in the legal field.

She obtained her master’s degrees in Law (1995) and Liberal Arts (1996) at the University of Maastricht and her doctorate in law (2001) at the Vrije Universiteit of Amsterdam. She was vice-director of the Amsterdam Centre of Child Studies at the Vrije Universiteit (2001-2004). She has worked as a legal consultant for a Youth Care Agency (Bureau Jeugdzorg Noord-Holland; 2004-2006) and as a program manager for children’s rights organization Defence for Children International – ECPAT the Netherlands (2006-2009). She has undertaken numerous funded research projects, e.g. of the Children’s Ombudsman on developing a Dutch Children’s Rights Monitor. She collaborates in projects with Defence for Children International-ECPAT in the Children’s Rights House in Leiden and acts as a consultant on various projects concerning Child Law and Children’s Rights. She is a (parttime) juvenile court judge in the district court of Amsterdam. She regularly publishes on various topics in the area of children’s rights and family and juvenile law in national journals. She teaches law students and regularly teaches post-academic courses for practitioners (e.g. juvenile judges, youth prosecutors and children's lawyers) focusing on child protection, youth care, child abuse, youth delinquency and children’s rights. She is editor-in-chief of the Dutch Journal of Family and Child law (‘Tijdschrift voor Familie- en Jeugdrecht’) and chairs the editorial advice board of children's rights journal Right!.

Last Modified: 07-06-2016