Quirine Eijkman

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Function: Professor
Research Group: Access2Justice

Email: quirine.eijkman@hu.nl

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On January 1st 2016, Quirine Eijkman has been appointed as a lector (professor) Access2Justice at the Social Innovation Research Centre, Faculty of Society & Law, HU University of Applied Sciences, Utrecht the Netherlands. This research group was established to support legal and social-scientific research in relation to access to justice. Especially, because on the national and local level social professionals are increasingly seeking to innovate their public services, whereas citizens advocate for more legal awareness and inclusion. Concurrently, on an international level, the United Nationals Global Goals for sustainable development emphasize the importance of providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.

Research focus

In particular, the focus of the research group on Access2Justice is on alternative conflict resolution, (digital) complaint procedures, information-sharing between social professionals and the role of paralegals is considered. Simultaneously, the (side-)effects of the decentralization of public administration for the rule of law and human rights including, access to an effective remedy, privacy and equality are of interest. Furthermore, Quirine is co-supervisor of PhD. research on the Dutch Homegrown Jihadist Network the ‘Hofstad Group’, security & privacy and digital security governance. Last but the least, the Access2Justice research group is initiating the creating of an innovative Law Lab, which seeks to connect (student)reach with the policy field, civil society and citizens.

Professional experience

Quirine is also a consultant for Justice Q&A and a Senior-Researcher/Lecturer at the Institute of Security & Global Affairs (ISGA), Faculty Governance & Global Affairs Leiden University. Currently, she is engaged in a post-graduate program on Creative Leadership at THNK. She is the former head of the Political & Media Advocacy Department of Amnesty International Dutch section and also served as a communications-surveillance advisor to Amnesty International. She also used to work for the ICCT-the Hague, the Human Rights Committee of the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs, the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University, and at the International Humanitarian Law Department of the Netherlands Red Cross. In 2007 Quirine received a PhD for her research on Public Security, Police Reform and Human Rights Implementation in Costa Rica at the Law Faculty of Utrecht University.

Social engagement

Quirine is a Member of the Dutch Helsinki Comity, the Board of Advisors of the Dutch Platform on Civil Rights and the Dutch Section of the International Commission of Jurists (‘NJCM’) of which between 2005 and 2011 she was the (vice) President. Additionally, in cooperation with four civil rights organizations and one other Facebook user they are requesting all Facebook entities to end the current unlawful transfer of personal data from the European Union to the United States until, following the judgment of European Court of Justice of 6 October 2015 in the Schrems v. Data Protection Commissioner case, the legislation of the United States is amended. If their request for European data subjects to have an effective remedy in the United States is not met they reserve the right to initiate legal proceedings in the Netherlands and request a preliminary injunction from the competent Dutch Court (http://www.boekx.nl/en/our-lawyers/boekx-advocaten/letter-to-facebook-re-data-protection-after-safe-harbour).

Recent publications

  • (2016) ’Indiscriminate Bulk Data Interception and Group Privacy: Civil Society Payback through Strategic Litigation?', Taylor,L., Sloot, B. van de & Floridi, L. (Eds.) Group Privacy: Challenges of Data Technologes. Oxford: Oxford University.
  • (2016) & M.Parlevliet ‘Mensenrechten in Conflict (Human Rights in Conflict)’, in: B.de Graaf, G.Flerks & E. Muller (Eds.) Handboek Conflict (Handbook on Conflict), Alphen aan de Rijn, Kluwer.
  • (2015) & B.Schuurman, ‘Indicators of Terrorist Intent and Capability: Tools for Threat Assessment’, Journal of Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways to Terrorism and Genocide, pp.1-20.
  • (2015) & S.Boeke, ’State Surveillance in Cyberspace A New Perspective on Digital Data Practices by Intelligence and Security Services', Jarvis, L., Macdonald, S. & Chen, T. (Eds.) Terrorism Online: Politics, Law and Technology. Abingdon: Routledge (pp.125-145).
  • (2014) & M.Bakker, ‘The Bare Minimum!: Access to an Effective Remedy and Reparations for Civilian Victims of Armed Drones Strikes’, Security and Human Rights, Vol.25, no.4.

Recent lectures

  • Opening Academic Year, ‘Intelligence and the Rule of Law’, Ad de Jonge Centre for Intelligence- and Security Studies, University of Amsterdam (UVA), 23 September 2015.
  • Paper presentation, ‘Indiscriminate Bulk Data Interception and Group Privacy: Civil Society Payback through Strategic Litigation?’, Panel Security and Privacy I, Amsterdam Privacy Conference (UVA), 25 October 2015.
  • ICCT-the Hague High Level Panel ‘Countering Terrorism through the Internet’ met Verity Harding (Google), Rob Wainwright (EUROPOL) Asser /ICCT-The Hague summer course, The Hague, 28 August 2015.
  • Workshop Lifetime Impact: How Counter-Terrorism Policies Affect Individuals and Communities, Sixth Annual International Conference of Humanity in Action, The Hague, 26 June 2015.
  • EU Parliament LIBE Com. Hearing on the fight against terrorism and the challenges for EU internal security, ‘Policy Instruments and the (Side-) Effects’, Brussels, 14 April 2015.

Recent Media

  • Life radio-interview BNR Legal Affairs (Dutch Counter-Terrorism Measures), 24 November 2015
  • TV interview Editie.nl (electronics supervision Syria travellers), 20 November 2015
  • TV interview life RTL Late Night (Counter-terrorism measures), 19 November 2015
  • TV interview EenVandaag (Paris Attacks), 14 November 2015
  • TV interview RTL News (Context-Case), 5 September 2015
  • Radio 1-journal (British government is spying on Amnesty International), 3 July 2015
  • Radio interview BNR (Dutch privacy coalition), 2 April 2015
  • Radio debate Met het Oog op Morgen (acquittal jihad travellers), 9 February 2015