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- Professor of Migration Law
- 1982-1986: Rechtswinkel Amsterdam (legal clinic)
- 1986-1993: Advokatenkollektief Zaanstreek (lawyers’ collective)
- 1993-2000: Catholic University Nijmegen
- 2000-present: VU Amsterdam
Thomas Spijkerboer conducts research in the programme Migration Law. This programme participates in the Migration & Diversity Centre of VU University Amsterdam.
At this moment, he heads the research project ‘Border Policies and Sovereignty. Human Rights and the right to life or irregular migrants’. As part of this, he is carrying out a subproject about the human rights aspects of this. This topic is closely related to the current crisis of migration and refugee law and policy.
In addition, he is the ad interim head of the research project ‘Migration Law as a Family Matter’, which was initiated by the late Sarah van Walsum.
Other research topics concern the role of the judiciary in Dutch migration law. In the past, he has also focussed on the relation between migration law, gender and sexuality (inter alia the research project 'Fleeing Homophobia'); the role of courts in migration law; and the legal position of undocumented activists in Amsterdam and other cities.
- Structures and tensions in migration and refuugee law
- Irregular migration
International, European en Dutch migration law; International, European en Dutch asylum and refugee law; Legal theory, in particular critical legal studies and queer theory.
- Coercion, Prohibition, and Great Expectations. The continuing failure of the Common European Asylum System, Common Market Law Review 53 (2016), p. 607-642 (Met Maarten den Heijer en Jorrit Rijpma)
- Fleeing Homophobia. Sexual orientation, gender identity and asylum (editor), London & New York: Routledge 2013 (239 p.)
- On The Morality and Legality of Borders: Border Policies and Asylum Seekers, in Harvard Human Rights Journal, 2013 (26), p. 1-38 (with Tally Kritzman-Amir)
- Analysing European Case-Law on Migration: Options for Critical Lawyers, in Loïc Azoulai and Karin de Vries (eds): EU Migration Law. Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law, Oxford University Press, 2014, p. 188-218
- Moving Migrants, States, and Rights. Human Rights and Border Deaths, in Law and Ethics of Human Rights 2013 (7), p. 213-242
See also the personal website www.thomasspijkerboer.eu
VU University Amsterdam
Faculteit of Law
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam