Position PhD Researcher
Institution Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Tilburg University
Discipline Law
Affiliations Fundamental Rights and Constitutionalism Research Group, VUB & INTERVICT, Tilburg University
Other links http://www.vub.ac.be/frc/members/weatherburn
Contact  Amy.Weatherburn@vub.be

Personal Bio

ProfileAmy Weatherburn 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. Amy has been enrolled at VUB since January 2015 as a PhD Candidate. Since April 2017, she is associated with INERVICT, Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University. Amy has been involved in a number of EU funded projects related to human trafficking, including TRafficking As a Criminal Entreprise (TRACE) and is currently coordinating Demand for Sexual exploitation In Europe (DESIrE). Amy is also Managing Director of the Brussels Privacy Hub, providing operational and strategic support 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.

Prior to this she 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.

Research Profile

Amy’s research focuses upon 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.


Desire – Demand for Sexual Exploitation in Europe – EU Funded


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, forthcoming)

Muraskiewicz, J., Brière, C., & Weatherburn, A., ‘Civil society organisations in counter-trafficking governance: when long-standing interactions lead to solid partnerships’, Slavery Today Journal: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Human Trafficking Solutions (forthcoming, accepted for publication)

Weatherburn, A., & Toft, A., ‘Managing the risk of being a victim of severe labour exploitation: findings from a research project exploring the views of experts in the UK’ in Labour Migration in Europe Volume I: Exploitation and Legal Protection of Migrant Workers edited by Marco Borraccetti (Palgrave Macmillan 2018, forthcoming)

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 Convergences and Divergences Between International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law and International Humanitarian Law’ (Intersentia, forthcoming)

Weatherburn, A., Vladislava Stoyanova, Human Trafficking and Slavery Reconsidered: Conceptual Limits and State’s Positive Obligations in European Law Rutgers Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books, January 2018

Weatherburn, A., & Brière, C., Regulating desire: The impact of law and policy on demand for sexual exploitation in Europe, Ex Ante 1/2017

Weatherburn A, & Muraszkiewicz, ‘The impact of the 2012 Domestic Workers in a Private Household Visa on prosecution of human trafficking for domestic servitude’ (2016) 30 (3) Journal of Immigration Asylum and Nationality Law

Weatherburn, A., ‘Using an Integrated Human Rights-based Approach to Address Modern Slavery: The UK Experience’ 2016 (2) European Human Rights Law Review 184-194

Weatherburn, A., & Toft, A., ‘Managing the Risks of Being a Victim of Severe Labour Exploitation: Findings from a Research Project Exploring the Views of Experts in the UK’ (2016) 45 (2) Industrial Law Journal 257-262

Weatherburn, A., ‘Dominika Borg Jansson, Modern Slavery: A Comparative Study of the Definition of Trafficking in Persons’, (2015) Human Rights Law Review