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Evelien Brouwer works as senior-researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law (ACMRL) of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Her areas of expertise include EU law and human rights, access to legal remedies, data protection and privacy law, with a special focus on border and visa policies, the use of EU databases and biometrics. She defended in 2007 her PhD thesis Digital Borders and Real Rights. Effective remedies for third-country nationals in the Schengen Information System at the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Brouwer is involved in bachelor and master courses on migration and human rights, the supervision of (bachelor, master and PhD) theses, the Migration Law Clinic, and training courses for professionals. 


Evelien Brouwer participated in different research programmes, funded by the European Commission and the European Parliament, including projects dealing with the transfer of PNR data within the EU, EU-counter terrorism policies, and internal border controls within the Schengen area.

She is currently involved in the Horizon 2020 project, CEASEVAL, on the evaluation of the Common European Asylum System and was member of the supervision committee of a Leiden University research project on Dutch migration law for the Dutch Research and Documentation Centre (WODC).

Prizes and Awards

In 2018, Brouwer has been awarded the Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship by the European University Institute (EUI) Law Faculty, Florence. This grant allows her to visit the EUI between 1 February and 31 May 2019 for research on the use of entry bans and databases in Europe, and the meaning of sovereignty, citizenship and risk.

For her PhD thesis, Brouwer has been awarded the Dutch ‘Staatsrechtkringprijs’ (constitutional law association award) in 2009. 

Ancillary activities

  • Adviescommissie Vreemdelingenzaken (ACVZ) | Den Haag | member | 2015-07-01 - present

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Ancillary activities

- member of the 'Meijers Committee' or Standing Committee of Experts on International Immigration, Refugee and Criminal Law.

- member of the board of the Stichting Hanneke Steenbergen Scriptieprijs (annual award for master thesis in the field of migration law).

- member of the board of the Stichting Migration Law Expertise Centre.


In 2010, Brouwer received a NWO-grant (Dutch Organisation for Science) for her research project (2011-2015) dealing with the meaning of mutual trust in EU migration law. 

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Research Output 2008 2019

Case note: CJEU (C-145/09: Tsakouridis, Landmark Cases on Asylum and Immigration Law) p. 347-356

Brouwer, E., Zwaan, K. M. & Kok, S. G., 2019, 10 p.. No. No 31, No. ECLI:EU:C:2010:708, Nov 23, 2010. (Jurisprudentie Rechtspraak Vreemdelingenrecht 1950-2019 )

Research output: Case NoteCase noteProfessional

HvJ EU 29 juli 2019, Vethanayagam. Teleurstellende uitspraak inzake rechtsbescherming bij visumvertegenwoordiging 

Brouwer, E., 2019, In : Asiel&Migrantenrecht. 9, p. 382-387 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Interoperability and Interstate Trust: A Perilous Combination for Fundamental Rights

Brouwer, E., 11 Jun 2019

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

Open Access

Activities 2012 2019

  • 17 Lecture / Presentation
  • 4 Membership
  • 3 Conference
  • 2 Expert meeting


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