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mw. mr. L.C. (Lara) Talsma LLM

Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
Internationaal Publiekrecht

  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Kamernummer: A10.15
  • Postbus 15859
    1001 NJ Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Lara Talsma is the Clinical Lecturer / Coordinator of the Amsterdam Law Clinic and a PhD Candidate at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (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 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, Lara completed her bar training (advocaat-stage) at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek. Throughout her professional life, she continued researching and writing and she has published in several Dutch and US journals.

    Lara conducts research into the UN Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in relation to the EU. She is both a member of the ACIL and the ACELG. In addition, Lara dedicates two days per week to running the Amsterdam Law Clinics as its new Clinical Lecturer / Coordinator. As such, she supervises students who will be working on real cases that serve the public interest.        

    Amsterdam Law Clinics

    Amsterdam Center for International Law

    Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance

  • Publications

    Lara Talsma, ‘U.N. Human Rights Fact-Finding: Establishing Individual Criminal Responsibility?’, Florida Journal of International Law, August 2012, Volume XXIV number 2, p. 383-428.


    Lara Talsma, ‘Human Trafficking in Mexico and neighbouring countries: a review of protection approaches’, UN High Commissioner for Refugees New Issues in Refugee Research, Research Paper No. 229, June 2012, available at: http://www.unhcr.org/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home/opendocPDFViewer.html?docid=4f070a83540&query=talsma%20trafficking.


    Lara Talsma, Book Note of “Law of Asylum in the United States, 2011 ed. Deborah E. Anker. Eagan, Minn.: Thomson West, 2011. Pp. 732”, in Harvard Human Rights Journal Vol. 25, 2012, p. 241-244.


    Lara Talsma, ‘UN Human Rights Fact-Finding: Protecting a Protection Mechanism’, ILSA Quarterly Vol. 20:3, February 2012, p. 29-35.


    Y. Bonroy, S. Rafi & L. Talsma, ‘Tot prejudiciële verwijzing nopende twijfel’, A&MR 2010, nr. 5&6, p. 301-309 (about asking preliminary questions to the EU Court of Justice).


    O.L.H.W.I. Korte & L.C. Talsma, ‘Over de EG-Richtlijn voor langdurig ingezetenen. Enkele onjuistheden in de implementatie van de voorwaarde van langdurig legaal verblijf’, JNVR 2009-1, p. 4-12 (about the European Council Directive on long-term residents).


    S. Ouchan & L.C. Talsma, ‘Persoonsgericht verstoren. Een disproportionele maatregel in de strijd tegen het terrorisme’, NJCM-Bulletin 2007-7, p. 984-998 (about a counter-terrorism measure previously used in the Netherlands)



    Annotation to the Preliminary Ruling of the EC Court of Justice of 29 January 2009 (Petrosian), C-19/08, p. 332-341, in Rechtspraak Vreemdelingenrecht (RV) 2009, nr. 56 (about the period for transfer of asylum seekers to first European country of arrival under the Dublin Regulation).


    Annotation to the judgment of the President of the Hague District Court (Vzr. Den Haag) of 16 November 2009, 347002/KG ZA 09-1192, in Rechtspraak Vreemdelingenrecht (RV) 2009, 88 (about counterchecks on language analyses in asylum cases).


    Annotation to the judgment of the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State (ABRvS) of 21 July 2009 in Nieuwsbrief Asiel- en Vluchtelingenrecht (NAV) 2009/31 (about Article 3 ECHR and asylum applications of vulnerable minority groups).


    Annotation to the judgment of the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State (ABRvS) of 25 February 2009 in Nieuwsbrief Asiel- en Vluchtelingenrecht (NAV) 2009/219 (about language analyses and the burden of proof in the Dutch asylum procedure).


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