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Lieneke Slingenberg is Associate-Professor and head of the Section Migration Law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She received her LL.M. in International Law and Constitutional and Administrative Law in 2005 (cum laude) and her PhD in 2012, both at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. From February to June 2018 she will be a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS).

Lieneke is involved in (bachelor- and master) courses on migration law and human rights and offers on a regular basis training courses for professionals in the field of migration law. In her research she focuses on the intersections between social security law and migration law, in particular on the social rights of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.


Lieneke Slingenberg has published widely on the social rights of irregular migrants, asylum seekers and refugees. In her work, she analyses how states use the provision of and/or exclusion from social rights as an instrument of migration control and how this relates to human rights law. In 2014 she published a monograph, based on her doctoral research, on state obligations under refugee law, international social security law and international human rights law with regard to the reception of asylum seekers (Hart Publishing). Recently she has mainly been working on European and domestic case law about social rights of irregular migrants. In addition, she supervises a number of PhD candidates.



Lieneke Slingenberg is involved in the following courses/programs:


  • NIAS fellowship, February - June 2018

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) offers fellowships to selected researchers in order to stimulate advanced research and scientific innovation. 

  •  Grant from Gezina van der Molenfonds, 2014

The Gezina van der Molenfonds of the Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit offers grants to selected female researchers in order to stimulate their career.


Ancillary activities

  • Rechtspraak Vreemdelingenrecht | Onbekend | Redacteur van Jaarlijkse bundel met jurisprudentie | 2013-12-02
  • Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland | Amsterdam | Adviseur | 2013-12-02
  • St. Fonds Rechtsbescherming Immigranten | Utrecht | Bestuurslid | 2016-06-01

Last update Ancillary Activities: Amsterdam (2018-01-23)

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Selected Research Output 2005 2017

(In)formal Migrant Settlements and Right to Respect for a Home

Slingenberg, C. H. & Bonneau, L. Dec 2017 In : European Journal of Migration and law. 19, 4, p. 335-369

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access

Social security in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights

Slingenberg, C. H. 2015 Research Handbook on European Social Security Law. Pennings, F. & Vonk, G. (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 53-83 (Research Handbooks in European Law)

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewChapter

The Reception of Asylum Seekers under International Law. Between Sovereignty and Equality.

Slingenberg, C. H. 2014 Oxford: Hart Publishing. 430 p. (Studies in International Law)

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewBook