Study Programmes 2017-2018
Juvenile protection
Duration :
30h Th
Number of credits :
Master in criminology (120 ECTS)3
Master in law (120 ECTS)6
Master in psychology : general (120 ECTS)3
Lecturer :
Luc Bihain
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents :
The course is wide in scope as it examines the rules applicable to minors in general. It covers the statute of the child being a member of his/her family, the specific statute of the juvenile delinquent, the consequences for the child when his/her parents are getting divorced, the adoption and the consequences of civil liability for the child and its parents as well. A very important part of the course relates to what assistance and measures may be given or taken in order to help the child and his/her family facing difficulties (eg. mistreatment).
For years, the title of this course has been "Protection de la jeunesse". However, it has to be changed because the legislation is now very different than it was in 1965: the children have been granted more rights including during judicial proceedings. Of course the most important aim of the law remains to protect the young's but this area of the law has mutated, increasing the number of legislating authorities and people involved in this field, who are supposed to manage this very specific area of law.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit :
The goal of the course is to outline the principles of the federal legislation (child protection) and the regional legislation, the influence of international law (especially the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child).
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
It's a law course. The professor is available for the students who have never had law courses before.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Oral course and visits to youth protection institutes.

Rehearsal: organisation of the necessary rehearsals by the professor.
Recommended or required readings :
Syllabus "Protection de la jeunesse", Les éditions de l'Université de Liège
Assessment methods and criteria :
Written examination in January or oral examination in June, at the option of the student.
Students who wish to sit the written examination in January must register by sending an email to in December by the deadline set by the student services. Students must register for an oral examination date in June through the student services. Students should have a precise knowledge of the substance of the written course materials and be able to apply it to a case. Students may bring legislation into the examination. The following instructions must be respected with respect to annotating the codes and legislation:
- table of contents of the collection of legislation or the code;
- annotations with the Articles (Article references);
- margin references with a single key-word;
- colours, underlining, highlighting, etc.:
- post-it notes with titles, chapters or sections that appear in the table of contents.
Not permitted:
- annotations with two or more keywords;
- tables by keywords or a table of personal materials;
- post-it notes with keywords;
- any other annotation that the Professor would consider excessive.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Professor: Luc BIHAIN,