European Migration Law

Vakbeschrijving European Migration Law
Collegejaar: 2011-2012
Studiegidsnummer: 22989204
  • Jorrit Rijpma, Gerrie Lodder, Marcelle Reneman
Voertaal: Engels
Blackboard: Ja
EC: 5
Niveau: 300
Periode: Semester 1, Blok I, II
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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 Community 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 Community 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 the introductory lecture, divided in three parts each consisting of three sessions. The three parts are: 1. Free movement of persons under EC law; 2. Asylum; and 3. Family life and family reunification. 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 and national migration law and their impact on individuals.

Course objectives

objectives of the course:

  • To be announced

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

  • This course is intended to give insight in the relation between the various levels of international and national migration law and their impact on individuals. Instead of a written exam, students will have to write three papers in the form of pleas on 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, which will have the character of an informal ‘court’, or moot court.



Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: Seven 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

  • Description: Moot Court
  • Number of (2 hour) instructions: 3 × 2-hour classes
  • Names of instructors: Jorrit Rijpma, Gerrie Lodder, Marcelle Reneman
  • Required preparation by students: Writing a pleading statement or draft judgement

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Oral presentation: moot court
  • 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, readers and materials provided through Blackboard during the course.


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

Course information guide:

  • see in reader


  • (A) Course outline & Case Law
  • (B) Legal Texts

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)



Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO.