As of September 2018, Lara Talsma will start as the Clinical Lecturer / Coordinator of the Amsterdam Law Clinic and as a PhD Candidate at the ACIL and the ACELG, working on a research project in Business & Human Rights.
Lara graduated cum laude from the Vrije University in Amsterdam for her Master’s Degree in International & European Law and Constitutional & Administrative Law (2005). She also holds an LL.M degree from Harvard Law School (2011), which she attended with a Huygens and Fulbright Fellowship.
In the last decade, Lara has gained experience both in the field of human rights and in commercial legal practice. Among other things, she worked as an advocacy officer for the Dutch Council for Refugees (VluchtelingenWerk) and for Amnesty International in Mexico (with a Henigson Fellowship from the Harvard Human Rights Program). In 2016, Talsma completed her bar training (advocaat-stage) at the largest Netherlands law firm, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Throughout her professional life, Lara continued researching and writing and she has published in several Dutch and US journals.
Lara will be carrying out research into human rights violations committed by multinational corporations in conflict-affected areas. She will be both a member of the ACIL and the ACELG. In addition, Lara will dedicate two days per week to running the Amsterdam Law Clinic as its new Clinical Lecturer / Coordinator. As such, she will supervise students who will be working on real cases that serve the public interest.