MAUD DE BOER-BUQUICCHIO
Chair of ECPAT International
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio is a Dutch and Italian citizen and a graduate of Leiden University in law. She began her career at the Council of Europe in 1969 at the European Commission of Human Rights and was elected Deputy Registrar to the European Court of Human Rights in 1998. Between 2002 and 2012, she served as Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe. From 2014-2020 she was the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children.
Throughout her mandates, she has focused her work on the fight against discrimination and violence, and the promotion of the rights of the most vulnerable groups, especially children.
As DSG of the Council of Europe, she has spearheaded the development and adoption of three key Council of Europe Conventions, namely, the Convention on action against trafficking in human beings, the Convention on the protection of children from sexual exploitation and sexual abuse, and the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
She launched the first Council of Europe programme “Building a Europe for and with children”, advocating for a holistic and integrated approach towards the issue of eliminating all forms of violence against children and respect for children’s rights.
Her function as UN Special Rapporteur articulated around country visits and thematic surveys, addressing root causes and proposing institutional, policy and legislative responses to prevent and address the sale and sexual exploitation of children in its different manifestations.
She is involved in the governance of numerous international child rights’ related organisations and acts as consultant for various research projects. She has extensively published and given lectures in the above areas.
In 2022, Pope Francis appointed her a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
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