mr. dr. Dion Kramer

M. Phil, LL.M.

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Dion Kramer works as Assistant Professor at the Department of Transnational Legal Studies. He teaches courses on European and International Law and does research on the law and politics of European integration. After receiving his Bachelor degrees in European Studies and Law at the University of Amsterdam, he completed a research master in International Relations at the University of Cambridge in 2013 and an LL.M. in European Union Law at the University of Amsterdam in 2014. He moved on to work as a PhD Candidate at the Vrije Universiteit between 2015 and 2020 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Gareth Davies (VU) and Dr. Franca van Hooren (UvA). In November 2021, he became a member of the Amsterdam Young Academy.


My research is focussed on the law and politics of European Integration, with a specific focus on free movement and the national welfare state. My articles have been published in international journals like the European Law Journal, the Journal of European Public Policy and the Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies.

PhD dissertation

I defended my PhD dissertation, titled 'Earning Social Citizenship; Free Movement, National Welfare and the European Court of Justice', cum laude on 26 November 2020. The dissertation engages with the tension between comprehensive free movement rights and national welfare states in the European Union. It concludes that the interaction between the Court’s jurisprudence and Member State responses stimulates a synergy around the model of earned social citizenship: mobile EU citizens have to ‘earn’ their social citizenship and access to the welfare system through an emphasis on their individual responsibility to fulfil the economic, social and cultural conditions of membership.

You can watch my 10-minute presentation during my defence on YouTube (in Dutch) or listen to a brief summary on the NPO Radio 1 (in Dutch). On the 27th of May 2021, the dissertation was awarded with the Erasmus Dissertation Prize.

Research Tenure Track

Starting in january 2021, my faculty awarded me with a research tenure track position, which enables me to spend 50% of my working time on research. I am committed to continue my line of research on EU citizenship and the national welfare state, but also extend my fields of interests to the law and politics of the internal market more generally. I currently focus on the local regulation of the cross-border platform economy (AirBnb and Uber) and the phenomenon of posted workers.


I am teaching courses and supervice theses at both BA and master's level, mostly in relation to European Union Law, and act as coordinator for the master's programme in European and International Law and a coordinator for bachelor theses within the department of Transnational Legal Studies. List of courses and activities:

  • Principles European Law, BA Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2015-present)
  • Economic and Legal Integration of Europe, BA European Studies, University of Amsterdam (2016)
  • European Union Law, Amsterdam University College (2018-2020)
  • International Public Law, BA Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2018-2020)
  • European and International Law, LLM Transnational Legal Studies, VU (2019-present)
  • Academic Research Skills, LLM Research Talent Track (2020-present)
  • Capstone supervision, Amsterdam University College (2018-2020)
  • Thesis supervision, BA Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2018-present)
  • Thesis supervision, LLM Transnational Legal Studies (2019-present)

Ancillary activities

  • Amsterdam Young Academy | Amsterdam | | 2021-11-15 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily

Academic qualification

Law, PhD, Earning Social Citizenship: Free Movement, National Welfare and the European Court of Justice, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Award Date: 26 Nov 2020

European Union Law, Master, University of Amsterdam


International Relations, Master, University of Cambridge


User created Keywords

  • EU citizenship
  • free movement
  • welfare state
  • internal market


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