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New EUROPAL PhD project Kris van der Pas

Date of news: 8 October 2019

October 1st marks the start of a new EUROPAL PhD project. PhD student Kris van der Pas will conduct research on strategic human rights litigation in Europe in the field of asylum law. This research aims to provide a comprehensive analysis of strategic human rights litigation in the field of asylum law in Europe. Increasingly, strategic litigation is a tool in the hands of many organisations that seek to use it (along with other strategies) to enhance human rights protection and to effect social change. This research, firstly, aims to provide an extensive study of the prerequisites and the impact of strategic litigation in general based on existing literature (mainly of US origin). Secondly, an overview will be established on the practice of strategic litigation in the field of asylum law in Europe. Finally, the research will provide for an assessment of the theoretical study in the first part and the practical study of the second part. This will lead to a better understanding on the prerequisites and impact of strategic litigation in asylum in Europe, and on the prerequisites and the impact of strategic litigation in general. The project will be funded by three partners: Radboud University’s Center for Migration Law, the section International and European Law, and the Institute for Management Research.