An overview of recent non-Dutch (mainly English) publications written by the Institute of Immigration Law and her staff.

A full list of recent publications including Dutch publications can be found on our Dutch website.

Selected publications: recently released

European Migration Law, P. Boeles, M. den Heijer, G.G. Lodder, K. Wouters, Antwerpen: Intersentia (2009), 467 pp.
The book European Migration Law, written by several members of the academic staff of the Institute of Immigration Law, was published in September 2009. The book presents a comprehensive introduction into the international and European legal sources for migration law in Europe and explores the rights of entry and residence of EU citizens and third country nationals in the European Union. Apart from exploring the substantive rules on migration in Europe as developed within EU and treaty law, the book focuses on the interplay between the different legal spheres and their impact on the legal position of individual migrants. It also reflects on the coherence and degree of harmonisation of migration law in Europe.

Vers un traitement équitable des étrangers extracommunautaires en séjour régulier, S.R.M.C. Guèvremont, Leiden: E.M. Meijers Instituut (2009), 561 pp.
This study provides a comprehensive review of the legal and political context in which the European Community Directives on long-term residents and family reunification were designed, with explanations about their content and recommendations for any future amendments. It considers the first initiatives taken by the Commission and the Council on these issues before the entry into force of the Treaty of Amsterdam and also reviews proposals submitted by NGOs that have played a substantial role in the debate. Furthermore, documentation of the various European institutions on the negotiations surrounding the adoption of the texts in question as well as trends in case law are carefully examined. The study aims to answer the following questions: To what extent does the normative content of the guidelines allow a difference in treatment between EU migrants and Non EU migrants, does it give binding force to the obligations of Member States, and provide judicial certainty to stakeholders?

International Legal Standards for the Protection from Refoulement, K. Wouters, Antwerpen: Intersentia (2009), 639 pp.
This book is the commercial edition of the PhD thesis of Kees Wouters and was published by Intersentia in 2009. It provides a comprehensive legal analysis of prohibitions of refoulement contained in four human rights treaties: the Refugee Convention, the European Convention on Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture.
The emphasis of the analysis is on the international meaning of the prohibitions of refoulement and on the responsibilities of States deriving from these prohibitions. The four treaties are analyzed in separate chapters. The final chapter compares the prohibitions of refoulement contained in the four investigated treaties. This book is an important resource for legal scholars, students and practitioners working with asylum seekers and refugees throughout the world. It is also a reminder for States, which have obliged themselves to protect people from becoming victims of unspeakable atrocities.  


Pieter Boeles is a member of the editorial board of The European Journal of Migration and Law,  a quarterly journal on migration law and policy with specific emphasis on the European Union, the Council of Europe and migration activities within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

This journal differs from other migration journals by focusing on both the law and policy within the field of migration, as opposed to examining immigration and migration policies from a wholly sociological perspective.

The Journal is the initiative of the Centre for Migration Law of the University of Nijmegen, in co-operation with the Brussels-based Migration Policy Group. The Leiden Institute of Immigration Law provides a bi-annual overview of judgments by the European Court of Human Rights.  

The European Journal of Migration and Law provides an invaluable source of information and a platform for discussion for government and public officials, academics, lawyers and NGOs interested in migration issues in the European context. Devoted exclusively to migration law and policy, the original research and analysis the Journal presents will emphasize the development of migration policies across Europe. Each issue will have a cross-disciplinary approach to migration and social issues such as access of migrants to social security and assistance benefits, including socio-legal and meta-juridical perspectives.  

Members of the Institute also hold positions at Dutch-written journals. For more information please visit our Dutch website.  

Order forms

In the following pdf’s one can find additional information on the (specified) publications of the Institute staff.

Orderform European Migration Law (pdf)

Orderform International Legal Standards for the Protection from Refoulement (pdf)

Last Modified: 22-10-2012