Conny Rijken
1997 …2023

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Research interests

Rijken studied international and European human rights law at Utrecht University and Tilburg University and wrote her PhD thesis on human trafficking under supervision of Prof. Hirsch Ballin and Prof. Fijnaut. She has extended her field of research to other areas including global migration, European criminal law and inclusion and exclusion through migration. Central in her research is the focus on human rights and engagement with the position of the individual. She conducts her research in interdisciplinary and international teams, often led by her, enabling the combination of and building on insights from different perspectives. Her research is characterized by creatively rethinking entrenched principles that are often taken for granted and generating new insights and ideas. Encouraging and inspiring students and other researchers are aspects she finds important in her work and which she will further effectuate as professor of human trafficking and globalization. 

External positions

National Rapporteur: research, advise, reporting (Bureau Nationaal Rapporteur Mensenhandel en Seksueel Geweld tegen Kinderen)

1 Sept 2022 → …

Member of the monitoring body GRETA of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings. (GRETA)

1 Jan 2021 → …

Advise (Nationaal Monument Kamp Amersfoort)

1 Sept 2020 → …

Member Editorial Board (Journal of Human Trafficking, Enslavement and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (JHEC))

1 Jul 2019 → …

Member Advisory Board (CoMensha)

1 Jan 20171 Sept 2022

Member Advisory Board Migration Affairs (ACVZ MIN V & J)

1 Apr 20131 Mar 2018

Deputy Judge (Rechtbank Zeeland-WestBrabant)

1 Sept 20091 Feb 2018

Lecturer Human Trafficking (SSR)

1 Jun 20071 Oct 2019


  • International Law
  • European Criminal Law
  • Trafficking In Human Beings
  • Migration Law
  • Human Rights
  • European Law


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