Vision, Mission & Values


Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy aims to generate positive change for girls and women worldwide. I strive for a world where human rights are respected and where all forms of Violence Against Women (VAW) and girls, including Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), are being eliminated.


My mission is to contribute towards the advancement of girls’ and women’s rights and the elimination of all forms of VAW and girls, including FGM/C, by sharing knowledge and expertise, conducting research, educating students, designing programs & strategies, monitoring & evaluation of projects, lobby & advocacy and raising awareness, always in partnership with key stakeholders including the United Nations, African Union, European Union, governments, civil society organizations, private sector and universities.



I deliver high quality work and I strive to continuously learn and grow. The following values and principles are at the core of my work:

  • Passion & Ambition
  • Excellence
  • Impartiality & Independence
  • Integrity
  • Creative & Innovative

I am committed to the highest standards of professionalism, accountability and transparency in all of my work. I strive for honest and respectful communication with everyone. I share knowledge and ideas, listen carefully to others, and value diversity. With my work, I try to inspire people and be inspired, in order to serve as a catalyst for change and to make a difference for girls and women worldwide.

About me

Dr. Annemarie Middelburg is a passionate 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. At this website, you find more information about her, including her CV. Read here what people say about her and her work.

Middelburg Human Rights Law Consultancy is a member of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR), a member of the Netherlands Jurists Committee for Human Rights (NJCM), a member of the African Studies Centre in Leiden (ASC) and a member of the Dutch Association for Women and Law.

Organizations I have worked with and for

Recent posts

August 28, 2020

Supervising 12 students with their BA thesis at the University of Amsterdam

From March until August 2020, I supervised 12 students with their Bachelor Thesis at the University of Amsterdam. Because of...

July 30, 2020

Lawsuit against the Dutch state for free contraception

The 29th of July 2020 was an important day in relation to a lawsuit against the Dutch State to...

July 27, 2020

Teaching the course ‘Public International Law’ at UvA online

From March until July 2020, I taught the course ‘Public International Law’ at the University of Amsterdam, together with...