Ernestien Jensema

Ernestien Jensema

Researcher, Drugs and Democracy Programme

Ernestien Jensema (1971) is a social anthropologist who researches and analyses the UN drug control system, Dutch drug policy and the Drugs and Democracy Programme’s Asia project.

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Areas of expertise:

International drug control system; drugs market in India, Dutch drug policy; harm reduction policies


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Contact details:

Email: e.jensema AT tni dot org
Phone: +31 20 662 66 08

Languages spoken:

Dutch, English, French

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Recent content by Ernestien Jensema

Towards a Healthier Legal Environment

February 2015
The decision of the Myanmar Government to review drug laws is not only timely, but also offers a prospect to improve the drugs legislation and to ensure that the laws address drug-related problems in the country more effectively.

Bouncing Back

May 2014
TNI's indepth examination of the illegal drug market in the Golden Triangle, which has witnessed a doubling of opium production, growing prison populations and repression of small-scale farmers. This report details the failure of ASEAN's 'drug free' strategy and the need for a new approach.

Human rights and drug policy

October 2013
An accessible but comprehensive primer on why TNI believes that human rights must be at the heart of any debate on drug control.

The impact of Alternative Development in Burma and Laos

October 2012
Alternative development and crop substitution programmes seem to be a guise for the Chinese government to support large scale agro businesses in Northern Burma and Laos. 

A Matter of Substance

July 2010
This paper discusses the “substance-oriented approach” Dutch authorities implemented to to scare off potential small-scale cocaine smugglers. The focus was on the drugs, rather than the couriers, and on incapacitating the smuggling route, rather than deterrence by incarceration.