Dr. Eszter Párkányi

Dr. Eszter Párkányi


I joined the University of Leeds as a Research Assistant in February 2017 before receiving a Marie Curie grant to conduct research on electronic monitoring of children in 2018. My current research project started on 1 July.

I obtained my PhD from the Eötvös Loránd University in 2017. My thesis provided a comparative analysis on European juvenile justice systems, focusing to the implementation of children’s rights’ requirements. Before joining the University of Leeds I worked with several non-governmental organisations in Hungary and in the Netherlands. 

Research interests

The implementation of alternatives to deprivation of liberty throughout the juvenile justice procedure has been on the agenda of international children's rights for about 28 years. The Convention onthe Rights of the Child restricts the use of deprivation of liberty being used as a measure of last resort and for the shortest appropriate period of time. With regard to this, States Parties of the Convention, among which Member States of the European Union are encouraged to find suitable alternatives that respect human rights and serve children's needs. Electronic monitoring is one of these measures, which allows juveniles to remain in or return to the community and maintain their close family relations, engagement in education and bonds with their peers.

The project 'Tracking Children in their Best Interests'  aims to study the implementation of electronic monitoring measures in the juvenile justice systems of three European jurisdictions (England and Wales, Hungary and the Netherlands), and to investigate how these respond to the needs and perceptions of children. The research addresses both legal and criminological aspects of electronic monitoring, using primarily qualitative research methods.  

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  • PhD in Criminology (Law)
  • Master of Law

Student education

I presently teach in the Youth Crime and Justice Module (LAW2420).

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies