About CMR

The centre focuses on interdisciplinary cooperation, has an international orientation and emphasises the relationship between global and European developments and national legal practice.

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Research at the Centre for Migration Law is characterised by three aspects: interdisciplinary cooperation, international orientation and emphasis on the relationship between international developments and national legal practice. The centre's staff members come from different disciplines: in addition to lawyers, researchers trained in sociology, anthropology, political science, philosophy or Arabic languages also participate. Efforts are made to integrate the results of legal and empirical research. Many research projects are international, European law or comparative in nature. Publications and annotations pay much attention to the relevance of international standards for Dutch legal practice.

The Centre for Migration Law participates in:


Odysseus Network


In autumn 1994, staff members of Nijmegen University's Faculty of Law organised a meeting to discuss the possibility of cooperation on migration and minorities. These ideas had been floated before, with Fons Strijbosch, among others, suggesting in 1990 that a Jean Monnet chair in law and migration be applied for. In 1994, 13 collaborators from different fields met to exchange knowledge and explore structural cooperation: Anita Böcker, Lilian Clermonts, Christine Denys, Roel Fernhout, Willem van Genugten, Kees Groenendijk, Carolus Grütters, Paul Minderhoud, Fons Strijbosch, Thomas Spijkerboer, Berry Tholen, Nena Trifunovska and Ben Vermeulen. This led to the formal request to the faculty board to establish the Centre for Migration Law, which was realised in 1996. The centre began as an internal consultation forum and later grew into a Research Centre, with Elspeth Guild as academic coordinator from 1997.

In 2015 and 2018, the CMR was recognised as a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence. In 2021, the centre, in particular researchers Karen Geertsema, Kees Groenendijk, Carolus Grütters, Paul Minderhoud, Ellen Nissen, Tineke Strik, Ashley Terlouw & Karin Zwaan, received the Hermesdorf Prize for their publication 'Unseen Injustice in Immigration Law' in the NJB of 9 April 2021. This for their plea for sufficient attention to the human dimension in immigration law.


The secretariat is located in the Grotius Building, room GR 03.030.

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