Keynote by Prof. Ashley B. Terlouw

The ASYFAIR team is happy to have Prof. Terlouw as a keynote speaker at the ASYFAIR Conference 2021.

As an academic and former deputy judge in a migration chamber at a Dutch court, her keynote will be relevant for all those interested in asylum adjudication.

Title and abstract of the keynote TBA in June 2021

Prof. Ashley B. Terlouw

Sociology of Law and Migration Law

Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands)

Ashley Terlouw is professor of Sociology of Law at Radboud University (Nijmegen, Netherlands). She is chair of one of the two research centres of the Law Faculty, the Research Centres for State and Law, and is responsible for the Institute of Sociology of Law and for the Centre of Migration Law.

She is also the chair of the Meijers Committee (Standing Committee of Experts in International Migration, Refugee and Criminal Law), the chair of the journal Asiel en Migratierecht, and is responsible for the Sectorplan on Conflict Resolution, for which Radboud University collaborates with the universities of Leiden and Utrecht.

In the past, she has worked at the Office of the District Court of The Hague, and was the head of the Refugee Department at Amnesty International Nederland. She has also been a member of the Dutch Committee on Equal Treatment, and was a deputy judge at the District Court of Gelderland (Migration Chamber) from 2011 – 2016.

Ashley’s main research topics are asylum, non-discrimination, and the working of judicial institutions, and she has published extensively on the administration of justice and migration law. She is supervising various PhD projects in e.g. strategic litigation in asylum cases, externalisation of EU asylum law, time pressure on migration law and criminal law judges, country of origin information in asylum procedures, and the treatment of Roma EU citizens.

Relevant publications (in English):

(for a full list of Ashley’s publications, see the Radboud Repository here)

A.B. Terlouw and A. Böcker (2019), ‘Mayors’ Discretion in Decisions about Rejected Asylum Seekers’, in P.E. Minderhoud, S.A. Mantu and K.M. Zwaan (eds) (2019), Caught In Between Borders: Citizens, Migrants and Humans. Liber Amicorum in honour of Prof. Dr. Elspeth Guild. Tilburg: Wolf Legal Publishers, pp. 291-302. (available here).

A.B. Terlouw (2016), ‘Voluntary Departure of Irregular Migrants and the Exception of Public Order: The Case of Z. Zh. & IO v Staatssecretaris voor Veiligheid en Justitie, Case C-554/13, 11 June 2015’, European Journal of Migration and Law, 18(1), pp.126-137. DOI:

B. de Hart and A.B. Terlouw (2015), ‘Born here: Revocation and the automatic loss of Dutch nationality in case of terrorist activities’, in M. van den Brink, S. Burri and J. Goldschmidt (eds), Equality and human rights: nothing but trouble? Liber amicorum Titia Loenen. Utrecht: Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), pp. 305-331. (available here).

B. Hubeau, A.B. Terlouw and M. Westerveld (2015), ‘Access to Justice: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow’, Recht der Werkelijkheid, 36(3), pp. 169-172.

J. Gerards and A.B. Terlouw (2013), ‘Solutions for the European Court of Human Rights: The Amicus Curiae Project’, in S. Flogaitis, T. Zwart and J. Fraser (eds) The European Court of Human Rights and its Discontents. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 158-182. DOI: