The Migration Law Section of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam periodically publishes papers and books that highlight the findings of its research. Below is a list of working papers. For an abstract or full pdf version of the research click on the appropriate publication of interest.

Series editor: Thomas Spijkerboer

#21 Lisa Komp, Border Deaths at Sea under the Right to Life in the European Convention on Human Rights, 2020.

#20 Younous Arbaoui, Deux Poids, Deux Mesures: A critical frame analysis of the Dutch debate on family-related asylum claims, 2019.

#19 Maarten Kos, Italy’s Responsibility Under International Law for Human Rights Violations of Migrants Intercepted at Sea and Returned to Libya by the Libyan Coast Guard with the Support of Italy, 2019.

#18 Nadia Ismaïli, Who cares for the child? Regulating custody and access in family and migration law in the Netherlands, the European Union and the Council of Europe, 2018.

#17 Marcelle Reneman, Identification of asylum seekers with special reception and procedural needs in the Dutch asylum procedure, 2018.

#16 Tamara Last, Deaths Along Southern EU Borders, 2018.

#15 Orcun Ulusoy & Hemme Battjes, Situation of Readmitted Migrants and Refugees from Greece to Turkey under the EU-Turkey Statement, 2017.

#14 Eva Hilbrink, Adjudicating the Public Interest in Immigration Law: A Systematic Content Analysis of Strasbourg and Luxembourg Case Law on Immigration and Free Movement, 2017.

#13 Martijn Stronks, Grasping legal time: A Legal and Philosophical Analysis of the Role of Time in European Migration Law, 2017.

#12 Janna Wessels, “Discretion”, persecution and the act/identity dichotomy: Reducing the Scope of Refugee Protection, 2016.

#11 Lieneke Slingenberg, Between Sovereignty and Equality. The Reception of Asylum Seekers under International Law, 2012.

#10 Hemme Battjes, De ontwikkeling van het begrip bescherming in het asielrecht, 2012.

#9 Sarah van Walsum, Intimate Strangers, 2012.

#8 Karin Maria de Vries, Integration at the Border. The Dutch Act on Integration Abroad in relation to International Immigration Law, 2011.

#7 Juan M. Amaya-Castro, Human Rights and the Critiques of the Public-Private Distinction, 2010.

#6 Kazimierz Bem, Defining the refugee: American and Dutch asylum case-law 1975-2005, 2007.

#5 Said Essakkili, with the assistance of Sophie Flynn, Lieneke Slingenberg and Thomas Spijkerboer, Seeking Asylum Alone in the Netherlands, March 2007.

#4 Lieneke Slingenberg, Dutch Accelerated Asylum Procedure in Light of the European Convention on Human Rights, June 2006.

#3 Hemme Battjes, European Asylum Law and its Relation to International Law, 2006.

#2 Said Essakkili, Marginal Judicial Review in the Dutch Asylum Procedure, June 2005.

#1 Joukje van Rooij, Asylum Procedure versus Human Rights, April 2004.



About the project

Each year, thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) asylum seekers apply for asylum in EU Member States. During the Fleeing Homophobia project, Sabine Jansen (COC) and Thomas Spijkerboer (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) have undertaken a comparative research about how these applications have been dealt with. Further to their findings, they have formulated policy recommendations. The research findings and policy recommendations were shared and discussed during the conference ‘Fleeing Homophobia’. The conference took place at 5 and 6 September 2011 at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Research report

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Fleeing Homophobia is a project of COC Netherlands and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, in cooperation with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, Avvocatura per i diritti LGBT/ Rete Lenford, and the European Council on Refugees and Exiles. Fleeing Homophobia is funded by the European Refugee Fund, the Dutch Ministry of Justice, and the participating organisations.