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This workshop explores historical legal arrangements providing protection to refugees in order to better understand the structure of legal protection of refugees in Europe today. The workshop concentrates on how the protection of religious refugees in 17th and 18th century was legally structured. The historical legal mechanisms will be contrasted with the current European refugee regime, in particular the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).

Detail Summary
Date 30 September 2016
Time 09:30 - 19:00

Who can participate?

Open to academics, students and practitioners interested and working in refugee law and policy.

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Workshop programme and abstracts


  • 9:30 - 9:55
    Introduction: Refugee Protection as Competition over Jurisdiction
    Bas Schotel
  • 10:00 - 10:50
    The structure of legal protection of refugees in the EU today
    Maarten den Heijer - Discussant: Geert Janssen
  • 11:00 - 11:50
    The Making of the (Early) Modern Refugee
    Geert Janssen - Discussant: Thomas Spijkerboer & Marjoleine Zieck
  • 12:00 - 12:50
    The Legal Rights of Religious Refugees in the 'Exulantenstädte' of the Holy Roman Empire
    Benjamin Kaplan - Discussants: Veit Bader & Maarten den Heijer
  • 13:00 - 14:30
  • 14:45 - 15:35
    The European ‘Refugee Crisis’ in Historical Perspective: continuities and differences
    Leo Lucassen - Discussant: Marjoleine Zieck
  • 15:45 - 16:35
    Offering Hospitality to Strangers: Hugo Grotius on the rights of the Jews
    Marc de Wilde - Discussants: Benjamin Kaplan
  • 16:45 - 17:35
    The Expanding Reach of States in International Refugee Law
    Thomas Spijkerboer - Discussant: Leo Lucassen
  • 17:45
  • 19:00
    Dinner, speakers and discussants invited


Amsterdam School for Historical Studies, Paul Scholten Centre for Jurispudence, Migration Law Vrije Universiteit and Amsterdam Center for International Law.

The co-sponsor is ACCESS Europe.