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Research Coordinator, MEMBERS


Amy holds a LLB (Honours) from Cardiff University in Law and French and an LL.M (with distinction) from University of Nottingham in Human Rights Law. From February 2012, Amy was Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) where her main role was to conduct human rights research, including desktop and fieldwork research, supervised research and analysis, and contribute to the production of reports and research publications. Her principal research focus was legal and social research related to the situation of fundamental rights in the UK, for the European Union's Agency for Fundamental Rights multidisciplinary research network, FRANET. Amy has been enrolled at VUB since January 2015 as a PhD Candidate conducting research on trafficking in human beings for the purposes labour exploitation, analysing the effectiveness of the implementation of the European legal framework and the handling of labour exploitation in law. 

From January 2015- April, she provided research assistance on the EU Funded, TRACE Project which aimed to support stakeholders in combating and disrupting human trafficking, a form of modern-day slavery and one of the largest criminal enterprises in the world, by assessing and consolidating information surrounding the perpetrators and the wider trafficking enterprise.

Since October 2015, Amy has been providing operational and strategic support for the Brussels Privacy Hub. Her role is to ensure the implementation and realisation of the Hub's projects, including Data Protection in Humanitarian Action in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Since January 2017, Amy has been coordinating and involved in the research allocated to the DESIrE project that aims to better understand the impact of sex work legislation on the prevalence of trafficking in human beings.

Since September 2019, Amy has been seconded to INTERVICT of Tilburg University where she will be co-coordinator of the Master Programme Victimology and Criminal Justice (MSc).


Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussels



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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