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European Migration Law


Admission requirements

  • Background in law

  • Sufficient command of English (IELTS 6.5 or higher)

Preferably students are familiar with the basics of international or European law.


This is a field governed by human rights treaties and European Union Law. Human rights play a predominant role in immigration law. Important treaties like the Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees, the European Convention on Human Rights, the UN Treaty on the Rights of the Child and the UN Treaty Against Torture, limit the discretion of states in shaping immigration policies.
For member states of the European Union, this discretion is also limited by binding provisions of European Community Law. Freedom of movement of persons having the nationality of member states has since long been a primary goal of the European Community. With the entry into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam in May 1999, legislation on immigration and asylum matters, regarding third country nationals, has also become a subject of Uion competence. Since 1999, a number of Regulations and Directives on asylum, family reunification and other relevant subjects, have been adopted.
The course program is, apart from two introductory lectures, divided in three parts each consisting of three sessions. In the introductory lectures the multilevel structure of European Migrationa Law and the basics of international humanitarian law and European law will be discussed. The three following parts are: 1. Free movement of persons under EU law; 2. Family life and family reunification; and 3. Asylum. Each part consists of two lectures on the topic in the first week and a working group in the second week. This course is intended to give insight into the relationship between the various levels of international migration law and their impact on individuals.

Course objectives

Achievement levels:
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • Having insight in the relation between the various levels of international and European migration law and their impact on individuals.

  • Being able to solve complex individual cases. Instead of a written exam, students will have to write three papers in the form of solving individual cases falling under one of these topics (3-5 pages each paper). These pleas will be discussed and commented upon during the working group sessions.

  • Active participation is requested.



Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: Eight 2-hour classes

  • Names of instructors: Jorrit Rijpma, Gerrie Lodder, Marcelle Reneman

  • Required preparation by students: reading the materials assigned in the prescribed literature and readers.

Other methods of instruction

  • Working groups

  • Number of (2 hour) instructions: 3 × 2-hour classes

  • Names of instructors: Jorrit Rijpma, Gerrie Lodder, Marcelle Reneman

  • Required preparation by students: Writing a paper (3x)

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Three papers to be written during the course.
    The final mark will be based on an assessment of the three papers

Submission procedures
Areas to be tested within the exam:
There is no separate exam. The papers are about the prescribed materials in the textbook, and materials provided through Blackboard during the course.


The prescribed legal texts, Case law and Course outline will me made available on Blackboard. More information on this course is offered in Blackboard .

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • Pieter Boeles, Maarten den Heijer, Gerrie Lodder, Kees Wouter, ‘European Migration Law’, Intersentia, Antwerpen 2009

  • Legal texts (on Blackboard)

  • Case Law (on Blachboard)

Recommended course materials:

  • To be announced


Students have to register for this course through uSis.

Contact details

  • Coordinator: Ms. G.G. Lodder

  • Work address: KOG, room A3.19

  • Contact information: Monday and Tuesday

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7727

  • E-mail:


  • Institution: Public Law

  • Division: Immigration Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, room A3.19

  • Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday 10:00-16:00

  • Telephone number secretariat: student assistant: +31 (0)71 527 7535

  • E-mail: (student assistant)