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Wouter Werner receives a Käte Hamburger scholarship


Wouter Werner has received one year funding from the ³Käte Hamburger Centre² for research in the humanities.

Betty de Hart appointed Professor of Transnational Family and Migration Law


On September 1st, 2017, Betty de Hart will be appointed Full Professor of "Transnational families and migration law" at VU Amsterdam, in the section of migration law of the department of Constitutional and Administrative Law.

Lotte Anemaet receives John J. Allen Scholarship


NautaDutilh awarded the EUR 10,000 scholarship to the researcher and lecturer of the Dutch Private Law department. The scholarship allows Lotte to do research at the Max Planck Institute in Munich.

De Brauw Legal Innovation Challenge


Do you have the most innovative idea for the legal world?

EU-Turkey deal did not cause decline in number of refugees


The EU-Turkey Agreement of March 18 2016 is generally believed to be the explanation of the decline in the number of migrants and asylum seekers crossing from Turkey to Greece. In an extensive analysis of statistical data, Thomas Spijkerboer, Professor of Migration Law at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, found that the EU-Turkey Agreement did not have a demonstrable effect on the number of migrants and asylum seekers. The decline is rather part of an overall expected downward trend. This is contrary to what the European Commission claims in yesterday’s third progress report on the EU-Turkey Agreement.

Summer School “Laws in Antiquity”


Students from around the world are currently attending the faculty's first Summer School “Laws in Antiquity”. In two weeks they are getting acquainted with four systems of law.

Elinor Fry receives NWO Rubicon grant


The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Rubicon grant to Elinor Fry, who will conduct research for a period of one year at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin (US).

Arno Lodder has won 75k tender concerning data protection training Albanian DPA


Arno R. Lodder has won a 75.000 euro Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) tender of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (EP/Nuffic). It concerns a tailor-made training programme on data protection supported by CIS-VU.

Student Patrick van Rutten awarded best speaker at Amsterdam Law Trials


The first edition of the Amsterdam Law Trials (ALT) has concluded. The ALT is a Moot Court competition between honours students of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and spanned a period of four months. Preliminary rounds took place at the Court of Amsterdam and the finals were on June 3rd at the Amsterdam Court of Appeals.

Workshop on Maritime Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy and International Law


On Friday 1 April, a VU workshop on Maritime Conflict Resolution, Diplomacy and International Law took place. The workshop was organized by Louis Sicking, professor in the history of public international law, at the Scheepvaartmuseum, the former naval shipyard of the Amsterdam Admiralty.

Arno Lodder's thesis 'Dialaw' translated into Chinese


Arno Lodder is very pleased that his first book, 'DiaLaw. On legal justification and dialogical models of argumentation', that first appeared in 1999, has now been translated into Chinese.

VU & DLA Piper join forces in Migration Law Clinic


DLA Piper, one of the largest global law firms, is going to support the work of the Migration Law Clinic, run by students and staff of the Migration Law section of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The Migration Law section is one of the largest research groups on migration law worldwide.

Launch of food fraud vulnerability assessment tool


A free Food Fraud Vulnerability Assessment tool is launched to help food companies undertake a vulnerability assessment and prepare control plans. Wim Huisman (professor of Criminology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) has contributed to the development of this tool.