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Dr Ton Liefaard


Vice-Dean of Leiden Law School / UNICEF Chair in Children's Rights, Leiden University, Netherlands



Prof. Dr. Ton Liefaard is Vice-Dean of Leiden Law School and he holds the UNICEF Chair in Children’s Rights at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He teaches and publishes widely on issues related to international children’s rights, juvenile justice, child friendly justice, deprivation of liberty of children, violence against children and access to justice for children. He supervises PhD students from all over the world on various children’s rights topics and he has initiated the Leiden Children’s Rights Observatory, an open access, online platform for commentaries on the jurisprudence of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. He is the programme director of the LLM Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights at Leiden University.



International Children's Rights, Juvenile Justice, Access to Justice for Children, Deprivation of Liberty of Children, Child Law and Related Areas of Law.
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