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Fair Work and Equality Clinic

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Through the Amsterdam Law clinics, Master's students get the opportunity to work on cases of public interest on behalf of clients.
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In the Fair Work and Equality Law Clinic you are given the unique opportunity to on a case pertaining to social rights, labour exploitation and equality law.

Clinic students will be directly involved in providing legal advice on international and national labour law, equality law, and economic and social rights with the aim to remedy violations of fundamental labour rights and economic and social rights.

During the clinic students’ critical thinking about the functions of law in society and its possibility to make positive changes especially in relation to labour rights, equality law and economic and social rights is encouraged.

Clinical work

Clinical work consists of projects undertaken for clients for which the students conduct legal research, provide legal advice and draft legal documents. The clinical work is conducted in a team of 3 -5 students with regular meetings with supervisors (and clients). Students are closely supervised by members of the faculty, among others from the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Labour Studies (AIAS-HSIExternal link). Emphasis is placed on professionalism, high quality work, teamwork, and respect for confidentiality. 

Participating in the Fair Work and Equality Law Clinic was an excellent way for me to get a better grasp of what it is like to work for a client as a lawyer. I learned a great deal from writing a case file together with the actual lawyers, and working with students from different masters was really helpful and provided new insights.
Lejla BrkicFair Work & Equality Law Clinic, 2019/2020

Clinical Programme

In addition to the Clinical Programme of the Amsterdam Law Clinics , the Fair Work and Equality Law Clinic offers a thematic workshop to its students. Through this workshop you will acquire a thorough knowledge of the regulation of work and the role of labour and equality law at EU and international level (ILO, UN, and Council of Europe).  This background will allow you to analyse labour law, decent work, and equality law issues in the national and international legal context. 

Key issues for discussion will include:

  • Sources of law
  • Key concepts: Direct discrimination, indirect discrimination, harassment
  • Burden of proof
  • Remedies and sanctions

Upcoming projects

In the first semester of 23/24, this clinic will examine the obligations arising from Directive 2008/104/EC (the Temporary Employment Directive) for Dutch law. More specifically, it concerns the question whether a temporary worker can claim an employment contract with the hirer, in case of abuse of a temporary employment construction. Students will be asked to research this question, assist in an appeal proceeding that is currently pending, and write a draft judgment. The peak period of the work will be from Oct. 10 through the end of October. However, the project is planned to begin in early September.  

The clinic is of particular interest to Dutch-speaking students, interested in employment law. For questions, send an email to: m.s.a.vegter@uva.nlExternal link

Prior projects

Examples of projects the Fair Work & Equality Law Clinic has worked on include:

  • Assisting a Dutch NGO in drafting one or more summons aimed towards the European Commission in the field of labour law and doing research for this NGO into working conditions in mines in Colombia and Peru.
  • Research into labour laws regarding individuals competing in e-sports.
  • Research for SOMO (Stichting Onderzoek Multinationale Ondernemingen - Expertise Centre on Multinational Corporations). Students have looked at the best way to ensure that multinationals are liable for damages in the supply chain.
  • A comparative Study on Health and Safety at Work in the Personal and Household Services Sector. The conclusions of this research are summarized on this blogExternal link.
  • Research into the issue of labour exploitation of EU migrant workers working for temporary work agencies in the Netherlands. The clinic dealt with the cases of Spanish and Polish workers who have labour problems or have been victims of labour abuses.
  • Assisting on a case concerning the topic of equal pay for men and women.
  • Assisting on a case concerning the exclusion from social security benefits of workers who work less than four days a week as a domestic worker – which includes providing medical care on the basis of government budget provided to their private employers – constitutes (indirect) discrimination against women, given that the vast majority of these domestic workers are women.


Contact us

For any questions regarding the Fair Work & Equality Clinic, please e-mail us at amsterdamlawclinics@uva.nlExternal link or contact Marlies VegterExternal link (020-5253136).

Requirements, eligibility and application

The Fair Work and Equality Law Clinic is in principle open for all Master's students of the Amsterdam Law School.

Other requirements are:

  • You are available at least 10 hours per week
  • You have a strong work ethic, excellent communication and English-writing skills, and a genuine interest in labour law, fair working conditions and human rights law.

Check out the specifics on how to apply.

Contact former clinic students

If you're interested in more hands-on information about the clinic and experiences from former Fair Work and Equality Law Clinic students, you can contact any of the following former students. Send an e-mail to amsterdamlawclinics@uva.nl and we will provide you with the relevant contact information. You can also watch a video on YouTubeExternal link in which Anastassia Kachalova talks about her experiences with the clinic. 

Jitte Rickli
Kenza Mena
Valentine Schols
Sergi Riudalbàs
Lejla Brkic
Anastasiia Kachalova

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