Dr Annemarie Middelburg
Dr Annemarie Middelburg is a consultant from the Netherlands with unique expertise on women’s rights and the practice Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Annemarie has a background in International Public Law & Human Rights. She received her LLM degree at Tilburg University, where she also completed the Research Master in Law (both cum laude). She obtained her PhD with a thesis entitled ‘Empty Promises? Compliance with the Human Rights Framework in relation to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in Senegal’. Her PhD research was interdisciplinary in nature as it involved law, political science and anthropology. In 2015, she founded her own company Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy (MHRLC) and started to work as an independent consultant. She had assignments for the United Nations, European Union, civil society organizations and universities. She finds it important to frequently travel to the field: she has visited over 20 African countries and several countries in the Middle East in the past years. She was recently in Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Mauritius and Israel for different assignments. She has authored and co-authored numerous academic, EU and UN publications on the topic of FGM/C, other forms of Violence Against Women (VAW), Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and international human rights law more in general.