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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Professor Simone van der Hof


Professor of Law and Digital Technologies, Center for Law and Digital Technologies (eLaw), Leiden Law School, Leiden University, Netherlands



Simone van der Hof is a Professor of Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University and specialises in children’s rights and digital technologies. She is the Academic Director of the Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Law and Programme Director of the Advanced Master in Law and Digital Technologies. She teaches courses on children’s rights and digital technologies in three Master programmes — Law & Digital Technologies, International Children’s Rights, and Youth Law. In 2021, she has developed the Dutch Code voor Kinderrechten (Children’s Rights Code) with the Waag Society which helps tech designers with implementing children’s rights in apps and games. Recent projects are euCONSENT (on Electronic Identification and Trust Services for Children in Europe) and a project for the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations on behavioural design in games.



Hof, S. van der, S van Hilten, S Ouburg, M V Birk, A J van Rooij (2022) “Don't Gamble With Children's Rights”—How Behavioral Design Impacts the Right of Children to a Playful and Healthy Game Environment, Frontiers in Digital Health, 1-16,

Hof S. van der & Ouburg S. (2022), 'We take your word for it': A Review of Methods of Age Verification and Parental Consent in Digital Services , European Data Protection Law Review 8(1): 61-72.

Fosch Villaronga E., Hof S. van der, Lutz C. & Tamò Larrieux A. (2022), Toy story or children story?: Putting children and their rights at the forefront of the artificial intelligence revolution, AI & SOCIETY: Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Communication.

Verdoodt V., Hof S. van der & Leiser M. (2020), Child labour and online protection in a world of influencers. In: Goanta, C.; Ranchordás, S. (red.) The Regulation of Social Media Influencers. Elgar Law, Technology and Society series Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 98-124.

Hof S. van der, Lievens E., Milkaite I., Verdoodt V., Hannema T. & Liefaard T. (2020), The Child's Right to Protection against Economic Exploitation in the Digital World, The International Journal of Children's Rights 28(4): 833-859.

Hof S. van der, Lievens E. & Milkaite I. (2019), The protection of children’s personal data in a data-driven world. A closer look at the GDPR from a children’s rights perspective. In: Liefaard T., Rap S., Rodrigues P. (red.) Monitoring Children’s Rights in the Netherlands. 30 Years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Leiden: Leiden University Press. 77-121.

Keymolen E.L.O. & Hof S. van der (2019), Can I still trust you, my dear doll? A philosophical and legal exploration of smart toys and trust, Journal of Cyber Policy 4(2): 143-159.

Hof S. van der & Lievens E. (2018), The Importance of Privacy by Design and Data Protection Impact Assessments in Strengthening Protection of Children's Personal Data Under the GDPR, Communications Law 23(1): 33-43.

Hof S. van der (2017), I Agree... Or Do I?: A Rights-Based Analysis of the Law on Children's Consent in the Digital World, Wisconsin International Law Journal 34(2): 409-445.


Children’s rights and digital technologies, in particular the protection of children's personal data and online commercial exploitation of children.
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