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Evelien Brouwer works as senior-researcher at the section migration law at 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 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 a feasibility study for the European Commission on lowering the fingerprinting age of children in VIS and the storage of travel documents. 

Prizes and Awards

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

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-02-23)

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 2017

International cooperation and the exchange of personal data: Safeguarding trust and fundamental rights

Brouwer, E. R. 21 Nov 2017 Constitutionalising the Security Union: Effectiveness, Rule of Law and Rights on Countering Terrorism and Crime . Carrera, S. & Mitsilegas, V. (eds.). Brussels: CEPS, p. 73-86 14 p. Chapter 7

Research output: ScientificChapter

Open Access