PhD candidate/Guest Staff Member
Laure d'Hondt is a PhD candidate who participates in a project on Industrial pollution in Indonesia and the roles that citizens and the state play in processes of redress seeking and regulation.
Laure studied Cultural Anthropology (BA and MA, 2006, Leiden University) and Law (LLB, 2007, Leiden University, and LLM, 2014, University of Amsterdam). During her studies she conducted research in Guatemala on mediation, an alternative form of dispute resolution. In 2008 Laure started working for the Van Vollenhoven Institute, first as a secretary. Soon, she entered the Access to Justice project and conducted research on a mining case in North Maluku, Indonesia. Within this project she also fulfilled several coordinating and editing tasks. In March 2010, Laure started her PhD. This forms part of the research programme entitled: 'Legal Empowerment as a means to development? A political-legal study of rights invocation by pollution victims in China and Indonesia." This programme is carried out in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam and is funded by NWO-WOTRO. Laure also fulfills teaching and coordinating tasks at the VVI.
Empowering victims of environmental pollution in Indonesia: the role of rights mobilisation organisations in the quest for justice.