Master track International Migration and Refugee Law

In September 2015, the VU University has started a master track in International Migration and Refugee Law.

This track is unique as it is taught by leading academics in the field, and is embedded in the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law, one of the largest specialised research groups in migration law worldwide. Courses will be taught by Hemme Battjes, Evelien Brouwer, Galina Cornelisse, Betty de Hart, Marcelle Reneman, Lieneke Slingenberg and Thomas Spijkerboer.

Examples of the issues the Master’s programme deals with are

  • When are migrants entitled to asylum?
  • Under which circumstances do families have the right to reside in a country of their preference?
  • What is the role of the European Union in managing migration within the EU as well as towards Europe?
  • Can undocumented migrants claim social rights?Atlas - VU 6

Study Programme

The Master’s programme Law, specialisation International Migration and Refugee Law has a study load of 60 credits, 1 academic year.

International Migration and Refugee Law is one of the full time, one year specialisations within the VU Master of Law Master’s programme, consisting of 60 EC in total. You will follow:

  • an in-depth course on Migration and Refugee Law, as well as a course on Legal Remedies for Migrants.
  • a range of elective courses, covering topics as diverse as irregular migration,  philosophy of international and migration law, human rights, European law, transnational law and Dutch Migration Law (Migratierecht) so that you can tailor your Master’s programme to your particular interests
  • master students of the specialisation International Migration and Refugee Law will have preference over other students in the selection for the Migration law Clinic
  • you will write a graduation thesis on a topic related to Migration and Refugee Law

Whatever your fields of particular interest, our aim is to stimulate depth of knowledge, breadth of vision, and intellectual curiosity.

More information

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