Current Issues in Migration Law


Course Objective

Course objectives are:
- To formulate an original research question
- To write a research paper
- To practice peer review
- To relate what is in the news to migration law scholarship
- To develop and express independent and objective opinions on current

Course Content

This course invites students to engage critically with a current topic
in international and European migration law. Topic areas that have
featured in the news in recent months will be recommended, but students
must develop their own research question. Previous current issue topic
areas include: family reunion, non-refoulement, immigration detention,
trafficking, smuggling.

Teaching Methods

One lecture on how to relate what is in the news to existing migration
law scholarship and introduction to the current issue topic areas on
Canvas. Another lecture on how to formulate a research question and
write a research paper. Students will also attend one working group
session to present their research proposals and
peer review others’ research proposals. Supervisors will offer office
hours to guide students through the writing process if necessary.

Method of Assessment

Written research proposal, presentation of that research proposal, and a
final research paper. Students will work in pairs.


Preliminary reading lists will be announced on Canvas for a range of
current topics.

Target Audience

Apart from regular students, the course is also available for:
Students from other universities/faculties
Exchange students
Contractor (students who pay for one course)

General Information

Course Code R_HumRCI
Credits 3 EC
Period P3
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator dr. E. Zambelli MA
Examiner dr. E. Zambelli MA
Teaching Staff prof. mr. T.P. Spijkerboer

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

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