Jürgen Bast


Jürgen Bast is Professor of Public Law and European Law at Justus Liebig University Giessen, speaker of the interdisciplinary “Research Group Migration and Human Rights” at this University (www.migrationundmenschenrechte.de), and Academic Director of the Refugee Law Clinic, a clinical education program at Giessen law school. Earlier he was a Full Professor of International and European Law at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. He holds a PhD in law and degrees at master level in law and sociology.

His main research interests are European and international migration law and policy, including refugee and citizenship studies, and European constitutional law. He is one of the leading European experts in migration law. In the realm of public international law, Bast is interested in developing the public law of globalization, in particular theories of territoriality, human rights, and multilayered governance. Currently, Bast is a Principle Investigator of the research project PROTECT (“The Rights to International Protection: A Pendulum between Globalization and Nativization”), funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme (2020–2023) and leader of the research project REMAP (“Human Rights Challenges to European Migration Policy”) funded by Stiftung Mercator (2018–2021).