The Role of the Courts

Marlene Dumas, The benefit of the doubt (Rechtbank ‘s-Hertogenbosch, 1998)

Immigration and asylum policies are made by governments under parliamentary scrutiny, and carried out by the administration. As migrants are not part of the body politic of the country to which they aspire to be admitted, it is not evident that their interests are fully taken into account in the process of policy making and application. Therefore, rights which individuals can invoke vis-à-vis political majorities are of particular importance to migrants. Courts play a crucial role in guaranteeing these rights. Relying on perspective developed within Critical Legal Studies, I have investigated the roles courts play in migration.

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VU researchers working on related topics: Karen Geertsema, Hannah Helmink, Marcelle Reneman.