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Pieter Boeles

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Pieter Boeles worked as journalist (“ANP”, 1969-1972); editor (“Nederlands Juristenblad” en “Advocatenblad”, 1972-1982); attorney (Goudsmit & Branbergen, 1975-1978; Boekel van Empel & Drilling, 1978-1982; Everaert Advocaten immigration lawyers, 1982-2001). From 1996 till 2009 he was professor of Immigration Law at the University of Leiden and during one year (1999) part-time professor Migration Law at the University of Amsterdam. Until 2012 he was chairman of the editorial board of the journal “Jurisprudentie Vreemdelingenrecht” and member of the editorial board of the journal “European Journal on Migration and Law”.  After reaching emeritus status, he remained active in the field. He remained a member of the Meijers Committee (Standing committee of experts on international aliens-, refugee and criminal law), in which he participates since the start in 1990. Till 2018 he was a member of the Advisory Committee on Aliens’ Affairs (Adviescommissie Vreemdelingenzaken).

Since 2013 he is a visiting professor in the section Migration Law of VU University. There he worked on the revised edition of the book 'European Migration Law" (Intersentia, 2014), which he wrote together with Maarten den Heijer, Kees Wouters and Gerrie Lodder. He participates in various projects, amongst others the Migration Law Clinic and the Border Deaths project. Further he was involved with documentary making as a contribution to the valorization of VU University's research.

In 2015 he published a 25 minutes Documentary called ‘Counting the Human Cost of Border Control’, which can be found via or

In 2018 a second documentary, 40 minutes, called ‘The Other Traveller’ was published on the website of the Dutch Journal De Groene Amsterdammer, also to be found on

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Research Output 2013 2019

Kroniek van het Migratierecht 

Battjes, H., Boeles, P., Brouwer, E., Cornelisse, G. N., Ismaili, N., Reneman, M., Slingenberg, L., Spijkerboer, T. P. & Stronks, M., 13 Oct 2019, In : Nederlands Juristenblad. 35, p. p. 2641-2653 13 p.

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Kroniek van het migratierecht

Battjes, H., Boeles, P., Brouwer, E. R., Cornelisse, G. N., Reneman, A. M., Slingenberg, C. H., Spijkerboer, T. P. & Stronks, M., 16 Oct 2018, In : Nederlands Juristenblad. 2018, 35, p. 2672-2683 12 p., 2018/1873.

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Open Access

Noot bij ABRvS 2 mei 2018, over aard legaal verblijf voor verblijfsrecht onbepaalde tijd EU burger

Boeles, P., 2018, No. ECLI:NI:RVS:2018:1490, No. 201704963/1/V3, May 02, 2018. (JV (Jurisprudentie Vreemdelingenrecht); vol. 2018, no. 123)

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Noot bij ABRvS 31 januari 2018, intrekking verblijfsvergunning gezinslid wegens fraude

Boeles, P., 2018, No. ECLI:NL:RVS:2018:360, No. 201609959/1/V2, Jan 31, 2018. (AB; vol. 2018, no. 146)

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Noot bij EHRM 26 april 2018, Hoti-Kroatië over staatopvolging, staatloosheid en respect voor privé leven

Boeles, P., 2018, No. ECLI:CE:ECHR:2018:0426JUD006331114, No. EHRC 2018/156 , Apr 26, 2018. (JV (Jurisprudentie Vreemdelingenrecht); vol. 2018, no. 89)

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Activities 1990 2017

  • 7 Membership
  • 1 Lecture / Presentation

CPO Nijmegen (External organisation)

P. Boeles (Member)

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Masterclass openbare orde

P. Boeles (Speaker)
6 Sep 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Faculteit rechten (External organisation)

P. Boeles (Member)

Activity: MembershipAcademic

Universiteit Leiden (External organisation)

P. Boeles (Member)

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Universiteit Tilburg (External organisation)

P. Boeles (Member)

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Press / Media

Counting the Human Cost of Border Control

Pieter Boeles


1 media contribution

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