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Els Dumortier

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Els Dumortier is professor in Children’s Rights and in Youth Justice Law. She is a founder and member of the (Flemish) Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre. Her research focuses on (the history of) children’s rights and youth justice in the 20th and 21st centuries. Currently Els is 1) developing new methods to voice children and young people at social risk and 2) analyzing children’s rights in action (e.g. during police interrogations, hearings of young asylum seekers, right to complain in youth institutions).


Els participates in several national and international scientific networks on youth justice (Dutch, English, and French speaking), both contemporary focused (such as the Working Group on Youth Justice of the European Society of Criminology) and historical (such as the Working Group on Growing up in out-of-home care of the European Standing Conference for the History of Education).


Research Line: Youth Justice Studies

Knowledge Cluster: Empirical Human Rights


Courses taught at the VUB in 2021-2022

Name  Link
Bronnen in de criminologie More info
Recht en Criminologie More info
Jeugdrecht en jeugdcriminologie More info
Jeugdcriminologie More info



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