Dutch&Detained partners up with University of Amsterdam

Since September 2021, Dutch&Detained has partnered with the University of Amsterdam (UvA) through the Amsterdam Law Clinics.

The Amsterdam Law Clinics provide students with the opportunity to work on a variety of issues and projects with a public interest. Topics range from environmental issues and human rights protection to corporate responsibility and the right to a fair trial. Working with clients offers them a special opportunity to gain practical legal experience. At the same time, they’ll increase their knowledge of the law and sharpen their legal skills.

At Dutch&Detained, students will focus the right to a fair trial. Every person accused of committing a crime should have their guilt or innocence determined by a fair and effective legal procedure. The right to a fair trial is internationally recognized as a fundamental human right, creating several rights for defendants and (binding) obligations for states. Infringements are numerous, varying from lacking proper counsel and interpreters, endless pre-trial detentions, to forced testimony by torture.

Students will focus on a specific country, considering international, regional and national legislation and jurisprudence. They’ll be peeling off the right to a fair trial to determine what it includes in the most elaborate sense, what it means in an individual case and how it can be effectuated. Their work massively improves our ability to provide quick and effective assistance to the hundreds of Dutch nationals detained across the world in their struggle to effectuate their right to a fair trial!