Esther Janssen is a legal researcher in the fields of Media- and Information Law, Human Rights and Religion. In september 2014 Esther received her doctorate from the University of Amsterdam for her dissertation Faith in Public Debate. On Freedom of Expression, Hate Speech and Religion in France & the Netherlands (Cambridge: Intersentia 2015). Currently Esther works as scientific legal council at bureau Brandeis, a Dutch Law firm specialised in Media- and Information Law.

Previously Esther worked as a jurist for Van Kaam Advocaten, for NVJ, the Dutch Association of Journalists, and as a registrar at the District Court of Amsterdam. Esther studied French language and literature and Law at the University of Amsterdam, where she obtained her Law degree (L.L.M) in 2007. During her studies she specialised in Media- and Information Law and Freedom of Speech.

Esther acts as an advisor to national and international institutions with regard to her research topics. She has written the National Expert Report on hate speech and hate crime in the Netherlands for the study ‘The European legal framework on hate speech, blasphemy and its interaction with freedom of expression‘ for the European Parliament.