Hanneke Bennaars currently holds the position of Associate professor in labour law at the University of Amsterdam (AIAS-HSI) and is the programme director of the Dutch master Labour Law. Hanneke’s research focuses on three fields: dismissal law, new forms of employment and empirical legal studies. Hanneke has been a member of the of the Committee Regulation of Work, installed by the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment to advise the Dutch government on the future of the Dutch Labour Market. The advice of the Commission served as a basis of the current coalition agreement of the new government.
Hanneke holds a degree in Dutch Law (1998) at the University of Amsterdam. In 1997 she also obtained a Diplôme d’administration et politique internationals at the University Pierre Mendes-France in Grenoble, France. Since 1999 she has worked as an employment lawyer, initially at Pels Rijcken & Drooglever Fortuijn and, after a short period as an independent lawyer, from 2006 until mid- 2014 at Stibbe in Amsterdam. She has represented employees as well as employers on a broad range of employment law issues varying from individual dismissal case to works council proceedings, restructurings and strikes. As of 2014 Hanneke has pursued an academic career, starting with her PhD thesis ‘The legal position of the managing director. The director’s appointment, remuneration and dismissal’ (2015). She has participated in several research projects funded by the European Union (e.g. on platform work) and also participated as the only labour law expert in the first national multidisciplinary research project on platformwork in the Netherlands in 2018, issued by the Ministry of Social affairs and Employment.