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Lieneke Slingenberg is Professor of Migrants and the Rule of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. She studies the regulation of migrants' lives from the perspective of the rule of law. She studies how law is both a governmental instrument to shape migrants’ lives (‘rule by law’) and an important limit on governmental power (‘rule of law’). From February to June 2018 she was a fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW). In 2018 she was awarded a Veni grant by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for her research project entitled 'Human Rights Law, Non-Domination and Spatial Restrictions for Refugees'. Since 1 January 2022 she has been appointed Professor of Migrants and the Rule of Law within the VU University Research Chair (URC) programme.  

Lieneke is involved in (bachelor- and master) courses and supervision of PhD projects on migration law and human rights and offers on a regular basis training courses for professionals in the field of migration law. She was head of the Amsterdam Centre for Migration and Refugee Law from May 2015 until September 2021 and of the Department of Constitutional and Administrative Law from January 2016 until January 2018.  


Lieneke Slingenberg has published widely on (judicial discourse 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, the rule of law and political theory. In addition, she studies how the field of migration law intersects with other fields of law, such as social law, administrative law and constitutional law and what theoretical notions can be identified in law as relevant for the legal position of territorially present migrants (e.g. vulnerability, deservingness, non-domination, (social) membership). 


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). In her current research project (2019-2023), funded by NWO, she investigates the (lack of) domestic, European and international regulation of spatial restrictions imposed on refugees and (rejected) asylum seekers, in the light of human rights law and the theoretical concept of freedom as non-domination.



Lieneke Slingenberg is involved in the following courses/programs:


  • University Research Chair, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, December 2021

The VU University Research Chair (URC) is a selective and privileged position as a full professor. The URC is both an appointment and an honorary distinction.

  • Veni grant, Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), July 2018

Research project: 'Human Rights Law, Non-Domination and Spatial Restrictions for Refugees' (duration 2019-2022).

Veni is part of the Incentives Scheme. It allows outstanding researchers to conduct independent research and develop their ideas.

  • 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

  • Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland | Amsterdam | Adviseur | 2013-12-02 - present
  • Asiel&Migrantenrecht | Amsterdam | Voorzitter redactie | 2015-05-01 - present
  • St. Fonds Rechtsbescherming Immigranten | Utrecht | Bestuurslid | 2016-06-01 - present

Ancillary activities are updated daily


  • K Law (General)
  • Migration law
  • Human rights law
  • Social rights
  • Non-discrimination
  • Irregular migration
  • Asylum seekers and refugees
  • Rule of law


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