Esther van Eijk (PhD) has completed degrees in International Law and Arabic at Leiden University (the Netherlands), specialising in human rights, refugee & gender issues, and Islamic family law. In 2013 she defended her PhD thesis on Family Law in Syria at Leiden University. This study is based on extensive, ethnographic fieldwork in Damascus (Syria), consisting of interviews and court observations in three (Muslim and Christian) personal status courts. After her PhD, she moved as a postdoctoral researcher to Maastricht University, where she expanded her research activities towards religious marriage and divorce practices, and women’s rights issues in the Netherlands. Van Eijk currently works as a researcher at Regioplan Policy Research, where she conducts research on themes connected to migration, law, gender and religion.
Van Eijk is secretary of the Dutch Association for the Study of the Law of Islam and the Middle East (Vereniging tot bestudering van het recht van de islam en het Midden-Oosten, RIMO).