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Amy is a Scientific Collaborator FRS-FNRS at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Doctor of Law (VUB & Tilburg, 2019). Her research focuses on the normalization of tolerated exploitation in the labour market and the need to develop a prevention policy of exploitation that goes beyond criminal law. Her main research areas are human trafficking, migration and fundamental rights. She has published her work in collective works and international journals. Between 2015 and 2020, she was a doctoral student, then postdoctoral researcher at the VUB where she worked on several European funded research projects, and where she led the Belgian national research for the multidisciplinary research network of the Agence de the European Union of Fundamental Rights (FRANET). From September 2019 – August 2020, Amy was seconded to INTERVICT of Tilburg University where she will be co-coordinator of the Master Programme Victimology and Criminal Justice (MSc). Previously, she was a researcher at the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham (2012-2014).




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Kużelewska, E., Weatherburn, A., & Kloza, D., (eds.), Irregular Migration to Europe as a Challenge for Democracy, European Integration and Democracy Series, Vol. 5, (Intersentia, Cambridge 2018)


Weatherburn, A., & Toft, A., 'Managing the Risks of Being a Victim of Severe Labour Exploitation: Before and After the Modern Slavery Act 2015' in Borracetti, M., (ed) Labour Migration in Europe Volume II: Exploitation and Legal Protection of Migrant Workers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Weatherburn, A., Strengthening action to end forced labour: the new International Labour Organisation Protocol of 2014 to the Forced Labour Convention, 1930 and the positive human rights obligations of states, in De Hert, P., Smis, S., & Holvoet, M., (eds)Convergences and Divergences Between International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law (Intersentia, June 2018)

Kużelewska, E., Weatherburn, A. & Kloza, D. > Introduction: Asking Big Questions: Migrants Ante Portas and What to Do with Them? in Kużelewska, E., Weatherburn, A. & Kloza, D. (eds)Irregular Migration to Europe as a Challenge for Democracy (Intersentia, May 2018)

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Mellon, Y., & Weatherburn A., 'Child trafficking victims and legal guardians: Exploring the fulfilment of the EU trafficking directive in the context of the UK modern Slavery Act 2015 – Best practice or not fit for purpose?' New Journal of European Criminal Law (2019) DOI: 10.1177/2032284419836510

Cavanna, P., Belén Valverde Cano, A., Weatherburn, A., 'Securing the Prohibition of Labour Exploitation in Law and Practice: Slavery, Servitude, Forced Labour and Human Trafficking in Italy, Spain and the UK' Journal of Modern Slavery: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Human Trafficking Solutions (Volume 4, Issue 2, December 2018)

Muraskiewicz, J., Brière, C., & Weatherburn, A., 'Civil society organisations in counter-trafficking governance: when long-standing interactions lead to solid partnerships', Journal of Modern Slavery: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Human Trafficking Solutions (Volume 4, Issue 1, Summer 2018)

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