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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. 

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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

Playing cat and mouse: How Europe evades responsibility for its role in human rights abuses against migrants and refugees

Pijnenburg, A. & Rijken, C., 2019, Mobile Africa: Human trafficking and the digital divide. van Reisen, M., Mawere, M., Stokmans, M. & Abraha Gebre-Egziabher, K. (eds.). Makon, Bamenda: Langaa RPCIG, p. 697-726 30 p. (Connected and Mobile: Migration and Human Trafficking in Africa).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

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

  • Slachtoffers van mensenhandel met multiproblematiek: Discrepantie tussen hulpvraag en zorgaanbod

    Rijken, C., Bollen, C., de Groot, C., de Groot, G. & Varma, B., 1 Sep 2018, 76 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportReportProfessional

    Open Access

    Towards a decent labour market for law waged migrant workers: An introduction

    Rijken, C. & de Lange, T., 2018, Towards a decent labour market for low-waged migrant workers. Rijken, C. & de Lange, T. (eds.). Amsterdam: AUP, p. 9-34 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientific

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 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