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Els Dumortier

Professor, Criminology
+32 2 629 13 94



Els Dumortier is fulltime professor at the Departement of Criminology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium). She is a founding member and Board Member of the (Flemish) Children’s Rights Knowledge Centre. She also is an active member of the European Council for Juvenile Justice and the Working Group on Juvenile Justice at the European Society of Criminology. Her research specifically focuses on questions concerning youth justice and children’s rights in practice (empirical children’s rights) both in contemporary times and in the past (20th century).

Currently, Els Dumortier is particularly interested in 1) police interrogations of juvenile offenders and how children’s rights play a role in these practices, 2) youth justice trajectories and the experiences of those trajectories by the people involved, 3) children’s right to complain in youth institutions, 4) child victims of institutional abuse and 5) voicing youth at social risk.

Current teaching:

Methoden van Criminologisch onderzoek I: bronnen en probleemstelling (Methods of Criminological Research I);  Jeugdrecht en Jeugdcriminologie (Juvenile Justice and Youth Criminology); Profiel Jeugdcriminologie (Profile Youth Criminology); Recht en Criminologie (Law and Criminology)





Room 4B357A
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels