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Marie De Somer
Head of European Migration and Diversity programme and Senior Policy Analyst
Dr. Marie De Somer is a Senior Policy Analyst and Head of the Migration and Diversity Programme. Marie works on policy questions related to migration and mobility, with a particular interest in human rights issues, citizenship-related questions and the role of courts.

Before joining the EPC in September 2017, Marie worked at the KU Leuven and at Maastricht University where she researched EU family reunification law and policies. She also gained experience working at the Justice and Home Affairs Section of CEPS and at the European Commission’s DG Migration and Home Affairs. 

Marie is also a visiting professor at the KU Leuven Centre for Public Law and at Sciences Po, Paris, where she teaches ‘EU Human Rights Law and Policy’.

Marie is the author of ‘Precedents and Judicial Politics in EU Immigration Law’ published in July 2018 with Palgrave Macmillan. She regularly comments on EU migration policies for international and European media.

Marie holds a PhD from Maastricht University (awarded ‘Ernst B. Haas Best Dissertation Prize – Honorable Mention’ by the American Political Science Association), an MSc in European Studies from the London School of Economics and master degrees from the KU Leuven (in Contemporary European History and in European Politics and Policies).

PROGRAMME

European Migration and Diversity

PROJECTs

Analysis of Migration Policy Developments for the EPIM programme

Areas of expertise

Immigration, Citizenship, Integration, Inter-Institutional Relations, Free Movement of Persons

Current positions

Visiting Professor of EU Human Rights Law and Policy, Law Faculty, KU Leuven and Sciences Po, Paris
Head of European Migration and Diversity programme and Senior Policy Analyst

Education

PhD, Maastricht University
MSc in European Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science
Master in Contemporary European History and in European Politics and Policies, KU Leuven

Languages

Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, German (basic), Spanish (basic)

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Publications

Differentiated integration / PUBLICATION
Schengen under Pressure: Differentiation or Disintegration?
By Marie De Somer , Funda Tekin , Vittoria Meissner - 28/09/2020
Migration / POLICY UPDATE
EPIM Policy Update September 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Helena Hahn - 18/09/2020
Migration / POLICY UPDATE
EPIM Policy Update May 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Helena Hahn - 25/05/2020
Migration / PUBLICATION
EPIM Policy Update March 2020
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Nicolò Maganza - 03/03/2020
Migration / PUBLICATION
EPIM Policy Update December 2019
By Marie De Somer , Alberto-Horst Neidhardt , Olivia Sundberg Diez , Nicolò Maganza - 17/12/2019


Contributions

Schengen / CONTRIBUTION
Schengen under pressure
Marie De Somer made a contribution to the annual report of Myria, the Belgian Federal Migration Centre. In her piece, she analyses the current state of the Schengen Zone, explores flaws and setbacks (old and new) and looks at the impact of COVID-19. 

Read here in French or in Dutch.

02 July 2020 - ,
Migration / SPEECH
Presentation of 'From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0' project's findings
Marie De Somer spoke before the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament  to present some of the findings of the “From Tampere 20 to Tampere 2.0” Project

02 December 2019 - ,
Migration / VACANCIES
EU human rights law and policy
Marie De Somer was appointed as visiting professor at Sciences Po, Paris where she will teach a course on ‘EU Human Rights Law and Policy’

15 November 2019 - ,


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