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Dr Yannick van den Brink


Associate Professor of Criminal Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands



Dr Yannick van den Brink is Associate Professor of Criminal Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He publishes and teaches widely on themes related to youth justice, criminal justice, criminology, children’s rights and human rights. From 2019 to 2022, he was a Rubicon Research Fellow at University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology, where he conducted research on (in)equality in youth justice decision-making. In addition to his academic work, Van den Brink serves as a deputy judge in the Youth Court of the District Court of The Hague.



Van den Brink, Y.N. (2022). Different but equal? Exploring potential catalysts of disparity in remand decision-making in the youth court. Social & Legal Studies, 31(3), 477-500.

Lynch, N., Van den Brink, Y.N., & Forde, L. (Eds.) (2022). Responses to Serious Offending by Children: Principles, Practice and Global Perspectives. (Routledge Frontiers of Criminal Justice). Routledge.

Van den Brink, Y.N. (2021). Equality in the Youth Court: Meaning, Perceptions and Implications of the Principle of Equality in Youth Justice. Youth Justice, 1-27.

Van den Brink, Y.N. (2021). Remand decision-making in the youth court: A comparative analysis of youth remand and bail in England & Wales and the Netherlands. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 66.

Van den Brink, Y.N., & Lynch, N. (2021). Beyond the Life Sentence - A Children's Rights Lens on Sentencing for Murder. International Journal of Children's Rights, 29(4), 972-1005.

Van den Brink, Y.N. (2019). Young, Accused and Detained; Awful, But Lawful? Pre-Trial Detention and Children’s Rights Protection in Contemporary Western Societies. Youth Justice, 19(3), 238-261. 


Youth justice; youth courts; international children's rights
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