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dr. mr. Dion Kramer

M. Phil, LL.M.


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    Dion Kramer works as Assistant Professor at the Department of Transnational Legal Studies, where he teaches courses on European and International Law. 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).


    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.

    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.

    My PhD research took place within the NORFACE funded research project TransJudFare in cooperation with the universities of Bremen, Copenhagen and Salzburg.

    Please visit my ResearchGate profile for a collection of my ongoing work.


    Principles European Law, BA Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2015-now)

    Economic and Legal Integration of Europe, BA European Studies, University of Amsterdam (2016)

    European Union Law, Amsterdam University College (2018-now)

    International Public Law, BA Law, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2018-now)

    European and International Law, LLM Transnational Legal Studies, VU (2019-now)

    Academic Research Skills, LLM Research Talent Track (2020)

    Capstone supervision, Amsterdam University College (2018-now)

    Thesis supervision, BA Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2018-now)

    Thesis supervision, LLM Transnational Legal Studies (2019-now)

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    European Union Law, Master, University of Amsterdam


    International Relations, Master, University of Cambridge



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