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Nejra Kalkan

Executive Director of the Meijers Committee


Nejra Kalkan did the Humanity in Action’s Amsterdam Fellowship in 2007 and was a Lantos Congressional Fellow in the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2008. She is currently the executive director of the Meijers Committee, an independent committee of legal experts in criminal law, asylum law, migration law, privacy and non-discrimination. The Meijers Committee scrutinises European legislative proposals for its conformity with the rule of law and fundamental rights and influences policies and legislation in Brussels and The Hague.

Previously, Nejra worked as a senior advisor in the European Parliament. She advised members of the European Parliament in the field of cross-border judicial cooperation, human rights and international trade. After her studies, Nejra worked as a lawyer at the Dutch Cancer Society and did a summer program at the European University Institute in Florence.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dutch Law (LL.B) and a Master’s degree in International and European Law (LL.M) from the University of Amsterdam. In addition to her work, she is also a guest lecturer and writes on various legal subjects.