Amsterdam Research Institute for Legal Studies

From #metoo to #time’s up: from social media to the Dutch court room

What are the possibilities for giving effect to existing rules and a claim to just through the courts

20Apr2018 14:00 - 17:00


On April 20, 2018, the Clara Wichmann Proefprocessenfonds, the Dutch Association for Women and Law, and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance will organize an expert meeting on #metoo led by chairperson Kathalijne Buitenweg, Member of Parliament and vice-chairperson of the Dutch political party GroenLinks.

#metoo has made clear that sexual harassment is shockingly common. The prohibition of sexual harassment is anchored in Dutch legislation, yet hardly any litigation is started against sexual harassment. In order to effectively stop sexual harassment, the follow-up action #time's up has started in the United States. Is in the Netherlands now also the way open to give effect to the existing rules and to claim justice in the courtroom?
During the expert meeting, the ban on sexual harassment in the workplace is central and we take stock of the possibilities of (strategic) litigation and the (legal) bumps that come with it.


  • Maartje Govaert, labor law lawyer and partner at Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Marloes van Noorloos, associate professor of criminal (procedural) law at Tilburg University.

Thereafter follows a roundtable where the speakers will be joined by:

  • Alexandra Timmer, assistant professor International and European law, Utrecht University
  • Mariam Chébti, member National Human Rights Institute of the Netherlands
  • Margreet de Boer, lawyer victims sexual violence, Van Kempen c.s. Advocaten
  • Mirjam Decoz, lawyer Labor Law, Vos en Vennoten Advocaten 
  • Renée Römkens, professor Gender Based Violence, University of Amsterdam and director of the Atria institute for emancipation and women’s history
  • Anja Eleveld, assistant professor European Labow Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Anniek de Ruijter, assistant professor European Law, University of Amsterdam

The main language is Dutch and the event will take place in the seminar room REC A3.01, followed by a reception. 

Attendance and Registration

Registration has been closed on 13 April. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to  and we will place you on a waitinglist.

Seminar room A3.01

  • Roeterseilandcampus - building A

    Nieuwe Achtergracht 166 | 1018 WV Amsterdam
    +31 (0)20 525 5340

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