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Conny Rijken


  • Prof. Cobbenhagenlaan 221, Montesquieu Building, room M 637

    5037 DE Tilburg


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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. 

Current courses

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External positions


1 Apr 2013 → …

(Rechtbank Zeeland-WestBrabant)

1 Sep 2009 → …


1 Jun 2007 → …


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

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Research Output 1997 2018

Controlling migration through international cooperation

Pijnenburg, A., Gammeltoft-Hansen, T. & Rijken, C., Nov 2018, In : European Journal of Migration and Law. 20, 4, p. 365-371 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Protecting the EU external borders and the prohibition of refoulement

Rijken, C., Pijnenburg, A. & Oudejans, N., Dec 2018, In : Melbourne Journal of International Law. 19, 2, p. 614-638 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

case law

Routledge handbook of human trafficking

Rijken, C. (ed.), Piotrowicz, R. (ed.) & Uhl, B. H. (ed.), 2017, 1 ed. London and New York: Routledge. 558 p. (Routledge International Handbooks)

Research output: Book/ReportBook editingScientificpeer-review

human being
data protection
economic situation
political science

The new Dutch coalition agreement on migration: Not in my backyard

Pijnenburg, A. & Rijken, C., 11 Dec 2017

Research output: Other contributionOther research output

Open Access
migration policy

Threats, monsters and the ‘Refugee Crisis’

Rijken, C., 22 Oct 2017, In : Tilburg Law Review: Journal on international and comparative law. p. 267-275 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review


Activities 2000 2008

  • 1 Editorial activity
  • 1 Oral presentation

Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal = Potchefstroomse elektroniese regsblad (Journal)

C.R.J.J. Rijken (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

Legislation on Child Pornography in the European Union Compared

C.R.J.J. Rijken (Speaker)
13 Nov 2000

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentationScientific

Projects 1998 2003