DAMR & NNHRR Workshop: Interdisciplinary legal research on migration and human rights

DAMR and the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research invites participants to sign up for our workshop:

Interdisciplinary legal research on migration and the human rights of migrants
Online & Radboud University Nijmegen
19 May 2022, 10.00-13.00h

Following the successful DAMR event on ‘mixed methods’ in migration research, this workshop will focus on interdisciplinary, qualitative research on migration and the human rights of migrants – from a legal perspective. One of the focal points of the Dutch Sectorplan on Legal Research for the period 2019-2024 is the development and support of empirical legal research. The recent years have accordingly seen a surge of academics incorporating other disciplines into legal research in the field of migration as opposed to conducting solely doctrinal legal research. Nonetheless, there are few opportunities to learn from (senior) researchers who have conducted such research and exchange experiences. This event aims to fill this gap by inviting established scholars to elaborate on their interdisciplinary legal research methodology and facilitating conversations about such research.

Ellen Desmet, Elif Durmus and Jasper Krommendijk have been invited to elaborate on their qualitative methodology and experience with interdisciplinary research in migration and/or human rights law. They will present their work in turn. In each session a discussant will provide some initial reflections on the presentation, after which there is time for questions and reflections from the audience. Each speaker has a different approach, such as socio-legal research, legal anthropology or empirical legal studies.

Program Workshop 19 May 2022
10.00-10.10: Introduction by the conveners
10.10-10.50: Speaker 1: Elif Durmus (UU), interdisciplinary legal case study methodology, discussant Jordan Dez (VU)
10.50-11.00: Break
11.00-11.40: Speaker 2: Jasper Krommendijk (RU), qualitative interviews with civil society, judges and other professionals, discussant Ayse Güdük (UGhent/VU)
11.40-12.00: Break
12.00-12.40: Speaker 3: Ellen Desmet (UGhent), legal ethnography/anthropology, discussant Isabella Leroy (VU)
12.40-13.00: Closing remarks, followed by lunch

The event will have a hybrid format. It takes place physically at Radboud University Nijmegen, while at the same time the event can be attended online through Zoom. Any interested researcher is welcome to join the sessions, but registration beforehand is necessary. A maximum of 25 people can participate on campus. Priority will be given to DAMR members and members of the Migration & Borders working group of the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research. You can sign up by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 9 May 2022. Please indicate if you have any dietary wishes/restrictions.