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Legal Perspectives on the Governance of Migration and Diversity


Admission requirements

This course is only open to students of the Public Policy Track of the LDE Master on the Governance of Migration and Diversity.


This course will provide students with an introduction into the legal dimension of migration and diversity governance. This includes global migration law (including the Global Compact on Migration), international and European human rights law, as well as a specific focus on EU migration, asylum and non-discrimination law (including Free Movement, Schengen and Dublin). Furthermore, the course devotes attention to diversity law, in particular in the area of human rights and minority protection.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course

At the end of the course students will have knowledge of the most important legal principles and structures and understand the relevance of these for the governance of migration and diversity. Furthermore, students will be challenged to analyse concrete governance dilemmas by considering their legal dimension.

Achievement levels
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • Identify the most important legal principles and structures in global and European migration law

  • Identify the most important legal principles and structures in human rights law and minorities protection

  • Understand the relevance and implications of these legal principles and structures for the governance of migration

  • Apply legal principles and structures to concrete governance dilemmas.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: 10

  • Names of lecturers: Prof. J.J. Rijpma and Prof. K. Henrard

  • Required preparation by students:

The lectures in this course will be interactive and require from the students that they prepare the reading prescribed in the course book, prepare written answers to the questions asked and take an active role during class.

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam (60%).

  • Essay in which students apply legal principles/structures to a concrete governance dilemma (40%).

Students will need to pass both the written exam and the essay in order to pass for the course.

Submission procedures
Essays will need to be handed in electronically in Brightspace and in hard copy during the last class.

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures and all other instructions which are part of the course.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials
Course materials will be available online or in the Brightspace environment (links in course reader)


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Department: European Law

  • Room number secretary: Mevr. P.S.J. van der Helm

  • Opening hours: 8:30-17:00

  • Telephone number secretary: +31 71 527 3596

  • Email:


This course is taught within the framework of the LDE Master Programme on Governance of Migration and Diversity. It can only be attended by students of the Public Policy Track of the GMD Master Programme. The course falls under the responsibility of the Erasmus University Board of Examinations.