Betty de Hart

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Betty de Hart is a professor of transnational families and migration law at Vrije Universiteit. She conducts legal, empirical and historical research on the national, European and international rules that transnational families encounter, the views behind these rules as well as the impact on the everyday lives of transnational families. Such research will provide new insights into the meaning of nationality, citizenship and belonging.


Betty de Hart is the recipient of a 2017 European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant to establish an independent research team and research program for her research project EUROMIX: Regulating Mixed Intimacies in Europe. The project answers the question of whether, how and why ‘mixed’ relationships are regulated in Europe, how ‘mixed’ couples respond to regulation and the role that law and lawyers play in the way in which thinking about “race” has developed in Europe.


In 2012, she published her book on dual citizenship, in Dutch: Een tweede paspoort. Dubbele nationaliteit in de Verenigde Staten, Duitsland en Nederland Amsterdam University Press, 2012). Earlier, in 2007, she received a Vidi-grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for her research project 'Transnational families between Dutch and Islamic family law'.

In 2003, she completed her doctoral dissertation on citizen sponsors with a migrant partner and migration law, in Dutch: Onbezonnen vrouwen. Gemengde relaties in het nationaliteitsrecht en het vreemdelingenrecht (Aksant Amsterdam 2003).


Betty de Hart has participated in various international research projects, including projects focusing on dual citizenship, family reunification and nationality law in the fifteen 'old' Member States of the European Union.

Ancillary activities

  • Centrum Internationale Kinderontvoering | Hilversum | Bestuurder | 2017-09-01 - present
  • Universiteit van Amsterdam | Amsterdam | Medewerker | 2017-09-07 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

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abduction Social Sciences
Europeanization Social Sciences
European Law Social Sciences
drama Social Sciences
marriage Social Sciences
migration Social Sciences
love Social Sciences
Netherlands Social Sciences

Research Output 1999 2019

Regulating Dutch-Chinese marriages and relationships in the Netherlands (1920-1945)

de Hart, B., 2019, In : History of the Family. 24, 3, p. 539-559 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Some Cursory Remarks on Race, Mixture and Law by Three Dutch Jurists

de Hart, B., 20 Sep 2019, Amsterdam: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. 67 p.

Research output: Book / ReportInaugural speechProfessional

Open Access

Transnational Families Navigating the Law: Marriage, Divorce and Wellbeing

de Hart, B., Sportel, I. D. A. & Kulk, F., 2019, Wellbeing of Transnational Muslim Families: Marriage, Law and Gender. Tiilikainen, M., Al-Sharmani, M. & Mustasaari, S. (eds.). Routledge, (Studies in Migration and Diaspora).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

A multicultural family drama: Media debates on international parental child abduction in the Netherlands

de Hart, B. & Altena, M., 2018, Migration ein Bild geben: Visuelle Aushandlungen von Diversität. Rass, C. & Ulz, M. (eds.). Springer VS, p. 191-213 23 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

multicultural society

An Exceptional Marriage Upsetting Colonial Orders?

de Hart, B., 11 Oct 2018

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsitePopular

Activities 2000 2018

  • 4 Editorial work
  • 1 Conference

Race and ethnicity in the EU: between law and the social sciences

Karin de Vries (Organiser), B. de Hart (Organiser), H. Ghorashi (Organiser)
3 Dec 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

Recht der werkelijkheid (Journal)

Betty de Hart (Reviewer), J.S. van der Kloet (Reviewer), T. Havinga (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Migrantenstudies (Journal)

Betty de Hart (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

European Journal of Migration and Law (Journal)

Betty de Hart (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic

Migrantenstudies (Journal)

Betty de Hart (Reviewer)

Activity: Peer review and Editorial workEditorial workAcademic