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After five years at the University of Amsterdam, the appointment of ACELG Migration Law Professor Betty de Hart has come to an end. On 12 April 2018 at 1 pm, we are holding a goodbye-lunch for colleagues and students in REC B 3.09. Betty will present the research that she conducted during her time at the UvA on marriages of convenience in migration law. Her talk is entitled: Europeanization of Love. Marriage of Convenience in European and Dutch Migration Law.

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Date 12 April 2018
Time 13:00 - 15:00

The tension between the right to family reunification as laid down in European Directives on the one hand, and Member States’ concern to protect their sovereignty in regulating migration on the other, has resulted in growing concern about fraudulent family relationships (especially marriages of convenience). In her presentation, Betty de Hart addresses the question of what forms of control are permissible from a European law perspective and whether national practices are in conformity with European law and fundamental rights of EU law and ECHR. Looking at these national practices several problems are identified: definitions of ‘marriages of convenience’ extending beyond what European law allows; systematic checks of certain nationalities/ethnic groups, mixed couples and/or gender may amount to discrimination and the burden of proof seems to be shifting to couples. A closer look is taken at the Dutch case law on marriages of convenience and several problems identified. Comparing control practices for marriages of convenience with those of homosexual asylum seekers, it is argued that human dignity is at stake.

Attendance is free. Please help us organizing this event by registering by mail to

Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)
Roeterseilandcampus - building B/C/D (entrance B/C)

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