Current Issues in Migration Law


Course Objective

• To learn to contextualise migration-related news within relevant
international and/or European legal frameworks and scholarly debates;
• To practice writing a research paper on a current migration-related
issue which answers to a clearly formulated research question by
developing an academically sound argument;
• To practice peer review;
• To learn to cooperate with a fellow student;
• To think critically about the challenges and opportunities of
conducting socio-legal research.
Course objectives ('Eindtermen'): 2, 5, 9, 12, 18-20, 22.

Course Content

This course invites students to think critically about migration-related
issues of contemporary relevance in Europe by using a combination of
social and legal perspectives. Irregular migration, human trafficking,
refugeehood, family reunification, integration, among other issues,
feature daily in the news and are hotly debated in politics. Students
will practice and sharpen their critical analysis skills by doing
research on one such current issue of their choice. Previous current
issue topic areas included: migrant sex work vs. sex trafficking, family
reunification policies, externalisation of EU borders, integration

Teaching Methods

The course includes two lectures and one workgroup seminar.
The first lecture will introduce students to thinking critically about
current migration issues and to elicit the role that different sources
of law play in shaping them.
The second lecture will provide an overview of how to formulate and
develop a research proposal that responds to a feasible (i.e.
scope-limited) research question, combines social and legal perspectives
and engages critically and in a balanced way with multiple perspectives
on the topic examined.
For the seminars, students will be divided into three workgroups, each
facilitated by a teacher. The aim is for students to:
• present their research proposal to the teacher and to their peers, and
receive their feedback;
• record the feedback received in the view to incorporate it
meaningfully in the subsequent research paper;
• actively and constructively contribute to the discussion of their
peers’ research proposals.
In addition, teachers will offer office hours to support students
through the research and writing process.

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 dr. E. Zambelli MA
drs. R.S. Franco MSc
prof. mr. T.P. Spijkerboer
A. Tarchi

Practical Information

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Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture, Training, Tutorial
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