Philosophy of International Law and Migration


Course Objective

After successfully taking this course students will:
• have acquired knowledge of various philosophical approaches to
inclusion and exclusion in international law and migration;
• have gained experience in close reading and analysis of philosophical
• be able to critically reflect on various philosophical theories of
international law and migration;
• be able to assess the implications of these theories for current
practices of international law and migration.

The course also promotes the academic education of the student, in
particular with reference to:
• independent, academic thought processes and performance;
• communicating and discussing at an academic level;
• reflecting on specialist academic knowledge in a wider philosophical

Course Content

What is the relation between inclusion and exclusion in international
law and migration? That is the central question of this course. Is a
world order conceivable with open borders, or no borders at all? What
would that entail for questions of hospitality and sovereignty? And what
about the other way around: full exclusion by means of rigorous control
of borders, is that plausible? Or is inclusion the inevitable
counter-part of exclusion, meaning that the two are mutually exclusive
while at the same time in constant need of each other?

In this course these topical questions will be addressed from a
philosophical and theoretical perspective. By close reading of some
paradigmatic texts we will endeavour to deepen our understanding of the
complex relation between inclusion and exclusion. We will address
different understandings of inclusion, open borders, closed borders and
exclusion. This will include discussions on the relation between human
rights and the nation state, economic and post-colonial exclusion, the
state of exception and camps. In the two lectures per week these topics
will be addressed and linked to contemporary issues of international law
and migration.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (two per week).

Method of Assessment

Paper and/or written exam (to be announced).


To be announced in the syllabus (Canvas). The reading material will
mostly consist of philosophical texts
(e.g. Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, Jacques Derrida, Giorgio Agamben).
Students who have any questions about the literature may contact the
course coordinator at

Target Audience

This course is open to students of the Faculty of Law, regardless of
what Master they have chosen. It is open to exchange students and
contract students (students who pay for one course only).
Philosophy of International Law and Migration does not require specific
knowledge of migration law, international law and/or philosophy. A basic
knowledge of international law and migration law and a keen interest in
philosophical questions
concerning law and politics are a plus.

As a subsidiary subject (‘bijvak’), Philosophy of International Law and
Migration is also open to enrolment by students from other faculties or
Given the content, the course might also be of interest to students in
Political Studies, International Relationships, Legal Theory, Political
Theory, History, Criminology, Philosophy, Theology, etc. The course also
explicitly welcomes
exchange students.

For more information on how to register for a subsidiary subject, please

You are advised to start the application procedure at least six weeks
before the start of the course (i.e. in February), so you have enough
time to follow the application procedure and register in time. The
registration deadline for courses is four weeks before the start of the
period. After the deadline, enrolling or de-enrolling is not possible

Additional Information

The following course objectives are only available in Dutch:

Eindtermen master Rechtsgeleerdheid
De afgestudeerde master beschikt over een academisch werk- en
heeft diepgaande en specialistische kennis van en inzicht in minimaal
één deelgebied van het recht
heeft inzicht in de samenhang tussen verschillende onderdelen van het
recht, met inbegrip van het nationale en internationale recht

De afgestudeerde master beschikt over de volgende (juridische)

Analytische vaardigheden:
de juridische en maatschappelijke aspecten van een vraagstuk in hun
onderlinge samenhang beoordelen en daarover kritisch nadenken/oordelen
literatuur en juridische bronnen diepgaand analyseren en interpreteren
en kritisch beschouwen (waar relevant ook in de Engelse taal, waar
relevant ook op nieuwe rechtsgebieden)

Onderzoeks- en presentatievaardigheden:
schriftelijk verslag doen van een rechtswetenschappelijk onderzoek
met argumenten onderbouwde mening formuleren over een complex juridisch
probleem of een nieuwe ontwikkeling
actief deelnemen aan een wetenschappelijk debat op het deelgebied dat
het masterprogramma beslaat.

Degree programme objectives Law and Politics of International Security
Final Attainment Levels
The student graduating with a Master’s degree will have the following
knowledge and understanding:
International conflict and security law, including jus ad bellum, jus in
bello and jus post bellum;
Being capable of:
The student graduating with a Master’s degree will have a capability to:
Identify and apply theoretical approaches from international law and
political science;
Show evidence of:
The student graduating with a Master’s degree will have a critical,
creative and innovative attitude with regard to:
The way in which problems in the area of international conflict and
security are framed in academic, legal and policy debates;
The existing legal framework in the field of international conflict and
Existing scientific theories in the area of international security;
Academic research as well as research results.

Recommended background knowledge

No specific knowledge of international law, migration law and/or
philosophy is required
for this course.

General Information

Course Code
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator dr. mr. L.D.A. Corrias
Examiner dr. mr. L.D.A. Corrias
Teaching Staff dr. mr. L.D.A. Corrias
mr. dr. M.C. Stronks

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture
Target audiences

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