T.P. Spijkerboer

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Ancillary activities

  • Nederlands Juristenblad | Den Haag | Medewerker | 2000-01-01 - present
  • Jurisprudentie Vreemdelingenrecht | Den Haag | Medewerker | 2017-07-01 - present
  • Lund University | Lund | Raoul Wallenberg visiting professor | 2017-11-01 - present
  • European Journal of Migration and Law | Leiden | redactielid | 2017-12-01 - present

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Personal information

Thomas Spijkerboer (1963) is professor of Migration Law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam since 2000, and visiting professor at Lund University (Sweden) since November 2017. He is one of the lecturers in the master’s track on International Migration and Refugee Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In 2016, he was appointed as a member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenchappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities); in 2017 he was elected as a member of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Siences).

He studied law at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. From 1982 to 1986 he worked as a volunteer at the Rechtswinkel Amsterdam (legal clinic), specializing in housing law. From 1986 to 1993, he worked at Advokatenkollektief Zaanstreek (lawyers’ collective), where he specialized in asylum cases. Between 1993 and 2000 he was a lecturer in Migration law at the Catholic University Nijmegen. In Nijmegen he wrote his dissertation Gender and Refugee Status (Ashgate, 2000; Praemium Erasmianum 2001), combining qualitative, quantitative and purely legal approaches.

Since 2000 Thomas works at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he established the research group on migration law, which is nowadays one of the largest research groups on the issue worldwide. From 2001 to 2006, he co-directed (together with Kees Groenendijk) the research project Transnationality and Citizenship: New Approaches to Migration Law, carried out with the Catholic University Nijmegen and funded by NWO (the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research). In 2010-2011, he worked on the research project Fleeing Homophobia. Asylum claims related to sexual orientation and gender identity in the EU, funded by the EU and initiated by COC Nederland. This project resulted in a report and an edited volume.

Since 2013, he leads the research project Border Policies and Sovereignty. Human rights and the right to life of irregular migrants, funded by NWO (see the migrant deaths page on this website). In addition, he functions as head of the NWO-funded research project Migration Law as a Family Matter, which was initiated by the late Sarah van Walsum.

For Thomas' publications see his own website. You can contact Thomas at t.p.spijkerboer@vu.nl, Twitter @TSpijkerboer.

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Research Output 1999 2019

Carrier Sanctions and the Conflicting Legal Obligations of Carriers: Addressing Human Rights Leakage

Baird, T. & Spijkerboer, T. P., 2019, In : Amsterdam Law Forum. 11, 1, p. 4-19 15 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

human rights

De empirische cyclus van Struiksma in het vreemdelingenrecht

Geertsema, K. & Spijkerboer, T. P., Sep 2019, Verwant met verband: Ruimte, Recht en Wetenschap: Vriendenbundel voor prof. mr. J. Struiksma. Huisman, P. J., A. R. N. & F. J. V. O. (eds.). 's-Gravenhage: Instituut voor Bouwrecht, p. 197-203 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Deux Poids, Deux Mesures: A critical frame analysis of the Dutch debate on family-related asylum claims

Arbaoui, Y., 2019, 247 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Does the EU violate public procurement law in its external migration policy?

Spijkerboer, T. P. & Steyger, E., 28 Nov 2019

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

Open Access

Er ligt al een vluchtelingenplan, het moet alleen nog worden uitgevoerd

Spijkerboer, T. P., 8 Jul 2019, In : Dagblad Trouw. 2019, juli 8, 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticlePopular

Open Access

Activities 2001 2019

Migration Emergencies in the European Postcolony

T.P. Spijkerboer (Speaker)
14 Nov 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

At Sea

T.P. Spijkerboer (Speaker)
11 Apr 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Law & Society Association Annual meeting 2019

T.P. Spijkerboer (Organiser), Maarten den Heijer (Participant), Itamar Mann (Participant), Vitoria Moreno-Lax (Participant), Daria Davitti (Participant)
31 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventSeminarAcademic

Supreme Courts and boat people: Strasbourg, Port Moresby, and Washington D.C.

T.P. Spijkerboer (Speaker)
10 Apr 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Law & Society Association Annual Meeting 2019

T.P. Spijkerboer (Chair), Lisa Hahn (Participant), Tally Kritzman-Amir (Participant), Dagmar Soennecken (Participant), Shalini Ray (Participant), Nil Mutluer (Participant), Petra Süssner (Participant)
30 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic


Praemium Erasmianum Studieprijs

T.P. Spijkerboer (Recipient), 2001


Press / Media

How the EU created a crisis in Africa – and started a migration cartel

T.P. Spijkerboer & E. Steyger


1 item of media coverage, 1 media contribution

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Radio Een Vandaag

T.P. Spijkerboer


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Buitenhof 18 June 2017 (TV talk show)

T.P. Spijkerboer


1 media contribution

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Op zoek naar de doden aan de Europese grenzen

T.P. Spijkerboer


1 item of media coverage

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