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European Immigration Law


Course Type and Contact Hours

Lecture / 2 hrs per week

Course Language



6 (if exam has been passed)


The course will be held at irregular intervals. It will be available in the winter term 2014/15.

Time Schedule and Course Venue

An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the winter semester will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late August to late February. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft" in order to access the Law courses.

Course Description

This course provides an analysis of EU law relating to migration. The module is divided into six parts. The first part covers the law relating to the free movement of EU citizens and their families. The course then explores the entry of non-EU (third country) nationals and aspects of the external borders control. The third part analyzes the legal migration of third country nationals including long-term residents, economic migrants and family members. Then, the course focuses on the common EU Asylum system. The fifth part deals with issues of irregular migration. Finally, the course examines the role of human rights provisions for the EU Immigration and Asylum Law.
The main textbook for this course will be European Migration Law by Pieter Boeles, Maarten den Heijer, Gerrie Lodder, Kees Wouters (2nd edition, Intersentia, 2014), although materials will also be used from the other assigned textbooks. Lectures will be enriched with articles and court decisions.

Recommended reading

        •  Pieter Boeles, Maarten den Heijer, Gerrie Lodder, Kees Wouters, European Migration Law (Intersentia, 2014).

        • Steve Peers, Elspeth Guild and Jonathan Tomkin (ed.), EU Immigration Law (Text and Commentary), Volume 1 (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012).

        • Steve Peers, Elspeth Guild, Diego Acosta, Kees Groenendijk and Violeta Moreno-Lax (ed.), EU Immigration Law (Text and Commentary), Volume 2 (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2012).

        • Kay Hailbronner (ed.), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, Commentary on EU Regulations and Directives (Beck, 2010).

Course Registration

Prior registration for this course is not required.


There will be a final exam.

Registration for the Exam

Students have to register for the exam with the course instructor. They are not required to register formally at the Examination Office.