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Jean Monnet Chair of Moritz Jesse

Moritz Jesse has been awarded a Jean Monnet Chair by the European Commission. In his MIND-EU Project he will focus on a coherent way to teach Migration, Integration, and Non-Discrimination at Leiden Law School at bachelor and master level.

Migration, Integration, Non-Discrimination in Europe

Jean Monet Chair for Dr. Moritz Jesse – Europa Institute Leiden

Dr. Moritz Jesse of the European Institute at Leiden Law School has been amongst only 4 scholars in the Netherlands who were awarded a Jean Monet Professorship in 2023. In November, Moritz started teaching courses on bachelor and master level as part of the Migration, Integration, Non-Discrimination and the Law in the EU project [Acronym MIND-EU]. The Jean Monet Chair will also offer courses in the newly established legal track of the Center of Governance of Migration and Diversity (GMD) master program of the Universities Leiden, Delft and Erasmus (Rotterdam). Jesse’s Jean Monet Chair will also provide a lecture series on immigration and integration addressed not only to an academic public.

Background Information

Immigration and immigrant integration is discussed in public, politics, and media day-by-day. Fueled by current events, immigration pressure on the EU and its Member States will remain high. At the same time, demographic changes lead to a continuous need for immigrant labour within the EU. In short, talk about immigration and immigrant integration will not cease for the foreseeable future. In public and political discourse, the social process of immigrant inclusion is often misunderstood and presented as a manageable, even enforceable procedure wherein the burden is on the individual immigrant to adjust and integrate herself. Such a one-sided and outright naïve way of imagining the inclusion of immigrants into the receiving society, especially when developed into policies and regulation, will be counterproductive. The inclusion of immigrants is in fact a multifaceted process, bringing together the newcomer and the receiving society over a long period of time. In this relationship all features of policies and regulation determining the life of immigrants will influence the potential for integration a migrant and the receiving society has. Policies and regulation must therefore be adjusted coherently for inclusion to work. This is often not the case with negative consequences for immigrants and receiving society alike.

The MIND-EU Chair focuses on this gap between the reality of immigrant inclusion as a social process and the attempts to ‘squeeze’ integration into regulation and official integration policies. Moritz Jesse and his team will teach future lawyers, policy makers, and administrators about how the law, policies, and the administration of justice can create and contribute to meaningful and sustainable integration policies that (1) benefit immigrants and receiving societies alike, and (2) do not neglect or undermine other policy goals such as security, social coherence, welfare, or even the management of immigration at large.

Courses on bachelor and master level will introduce students to the interplay of immigration regulation, policies and rules combatting discrimination, and (mandatory) programs specifically designed to increase the integration of immigrants. Hosted at the Faculty of Law of Leiden University, the courses will be (partially) open to students from other faculties and offer a law-in-context approach to immigration, integration, and non-discrimination. The courses will be embedded in Leiden Law Schools existing bachelor and Master curriculum; specifically they will be offered as part of the new LL.M. track on the ‘Governance of Migration and Diversity’ [GMD].


The Jean Monnet programme

The Jean Monnet programme supports teaching positions in the field of EU studies worldwide. Jean Monnet Professorships are awarded following a competitive international procedure. In 2023 only 4 Jean Monnet Chairs were awarded to the researchers in the Netherlands. The Europa Institute Leiden hosted a Jean Monnet Chair (Jorrit Rijpma – MOSE project) 2017 – 2020, and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence (Armin Cuyvers – CompaRe).

News and Updates 2023

Jean Monnet Chair for Moritz Jesse: Migration, Integration, and Non-discrimination in Europe [November 2023]

Dr Moritz Jesse, European Institute at Leiden Law School, has been awarded a Jean Monnet Professorship. From November 2023, Moritz will teach bachelor's and master's courses as part of his ‘Migration, Integration, Non-Discrimination in the EU’ project [MIND-EU]. At a later stage, Jesse’s Jean Monnet Chair will also organise a lecture series on immigration and integration addressed not only to an academic public (for more information, see here)

Jean Monnet Chair MIND-EU: First Courses taught [November 2023]

The Jean Monnet Chair of Moritz Jesse started to teach the first courses. One course on ‘Immigration, Integration, and Non-Discrimination’ and another course on ‘(EU)Free-Movement and Citizenship’ started in November 2023. Both courses are taught as part of the MIND-EU Chair curriculum and are part of Leiden Law Schools Leiden Law Class (LLC) series open for Bachelor students and exchange students in Leiden. Both courses are open to law students and students from other academic disciplines.

New LL.M. in Governance of Migration and Diversity (GMD-Legal) starting September 2024 [November 2023]

Starting in September 2024, the Europa Institute will host a new LL.M. on the Governance of Migration and Diversity [GMD]. The programme will be coordinated by Moritz Jesse (Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law / MIND-EU project]. For further information, please click here or contact us under GMD-legal@LAW.leidenuniv.nl.


New law master in Governance of Migration and Diversity in Leiden – MASTER OPEN DAY 2024 [February 2024]

How do we ensure that future lawyers have broad knowledge of migration? This is where the new law master in Governance of Migration and Diversity comes in. From September 2024, students will be able to pursue this new master at Leiden University's Faculty of Law. The new master comes from the joint Leiden-Delft-Erasmus program Governance of Migration and Diversity. Come visit us during the Master open day in Leiden on 16 February. More information on the LL.M. here.


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