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It is difficult to imagine an area of law which is more susceptible to political interventions and heated public debates than the regulation of immigration. European and/or national legislation seeking to regulate, steer or limit migration is giving rise to risks. In his talk, Moritz Jesse, Leiden University, will have a closer look at the risks associated with immigration in the particular constellation of the European Union.

Detail Summary
Date 10 May 2016
Time 13:00 - 14:00
Location Oudemanhuispoort
Room Faculty of Law



On the national level migration and EU migration rules are perceived as a risk to welfare, social cohesion and national sovereignty. The binding character of EU legislation limits discretion of Member States significantly. This leads to a continuous struggle between Member States and the EU about scope of application, effectiveness, and limits of EU migration rules on the national level. This constellation gives rise to three categories of risks: First, abstract risks such as the lack of legal certainty and undermining of objective and purpose of legislation. Second, institutional risks such as preventing the achievement of political promises or destabilizing national systems of governance. And third, individual risks for immigrants who might suffer from denial of rights, insecurity and marginalization as an effect of the struggle between the EU and its Member States.

The speaker

Dr Moritz Jesse is Associate Professor of European Union Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School. He joined the law school in October 2010. His teaching and research focus on the EU's internal market, the free movement of persons, European Citizenship, as well as EU migration law. Since 2015 Moritz Jesse pursues his research project 'The Others Amongst Us: Immigration and Integration and the Law', which is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for three years. Before joining the Europa Institute, Jesse obtained his PhD in European Union Law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.


Attendance is free of charge. For organizational reasons, please sign up for the meeting by sending an email to Angela Moisl,


Room Faculty of Law

Oudemanhuispoort 4-6
1012 CN Amsterdam