Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


For the last fifteen years, the Migration Law research program of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has been one of the most prominent programs in the field. It aims at tracking the multiplicity of complex developments in migration law that take place at the international, European and national levels. Research is conducted on diverse topics, including asylum and refugee law and family reunion law. This implies research into the human costs of border control, the intersection between the family and migration law, the role of the judiciary, the relation between (irregular) migration and the welfare state, the EU principle of mutual trust and the role of time in migration law. Methods are varied, focusing on legal doctrinal, sociological, philosophical questions as well as more practice oriented matters.


Evelien Brouwer

Evelien Brouwer works as senior-researcher at the section migration law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her areas of expertise include EU law and human rights, access to legal remedies, data protection and privacy law, with a special focus on border and visa policies, the use of EU databases and biometrics. She defended in 2007 her PhD thesis Digital Borders and Real Rights. Effective remedies for third-country nationals in the Schengen Information System at the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Hemme Battjes

Hemme Battjes is professor of European asylum law at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law (ACMRL) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and, since 2015, member of the faculty board responsible for education. Hemme Battjes has published widely on international, Union and Dutch asylum and migration law, on human rights law and on Dutch administrative and constitutional law in both international and Dutch journals and books. In his dissertation (2006, cum laude) he analyzed the relation between international asylum law, human rights law and Union law on asylum. Recently he has published on the development of the concept of protection and the instrumentalization of territoriality in asylum law.

Hans van Oort

Hans van Oort is a junior researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law (ACMRL) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He first started working for ACMRL as an editorial assistant for Verblijfblog. Hans recently completed an internship at Everaert Immigration Lawyers and currently holds the position of junior editor at Stichting Migratierecht Nederland (a Dutch knowledge institute in the field of migration law).