Jürgen Bast

April 12, 2024

Jürgen Bast is Professor of Public Law and European Law at Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany, and Academic Director of the Refugee Law Clinic, a clinical education program at Giessen law school. Jürgen is spending the spring semester on sabbatical as a visiting researcher at CEU.

Jürgen’s main research project is about “Human Rights Discourse in Migration Societies” (MeDiMi, an acronym formed from its German title “Menschenrechtsdiskurse in der Migrationsgesellschaft”). MeDiMi is an interdisciplinary research group funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), comprising ten sub-projects at six academic institutions in Germany and the Netherlands. Jürgen is the spokesperson of MeDiMi, head of its coordination and theory unit, and Principal Investigator of the legal research project “Territoriality, Public Authority, and Human Rights: the EU’s Border Regimes”.

MeDiMi studies the scope, forms, and consequences of the advance of human rights discourse in migration societies. The project analyzes the “humanrightization” of discursive practices in migration-related conflicts by combining legal analysis, social-science research, and cultural studies. Exploring the intersection of human rights and migration in law, politics, and everyday life provides the empirical basis for a new understanding of the role of human rights in contemporary migration societies.

Detailed information on MeDiMi are available at www.medimi/en. For an extended version of MeDiMi’s research agenda, see Research Group MeDiMi (J. Bast et al.), Human Rights Discourse in Migration Societies. A Research Agenda, MeDiMi Working Paper No. 1 (2023), available open access on http://dx.doi.org/10.22029/jlupub-17813.

Beyond MeDiMi, Jürgen is currently working with Armin von Bogdandy to publish a new research volume on EU Constitutional Law. The German version is under contract with Nomos Verlag (Unionsverfassungsrecht: Eine Neubestimmung anhand der Grundlagen in Artikel 1 bis 19 EU-Vertrag, forthcoming 2024).


Before joining Justus Liebig University in 2013, Jürgen Bast 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. Earlier research stays include the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research “The Migration-Mobility Nexus” (nccr – on the move), the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), Israel, and the Centre for Migration Law (CMR) at Radboud University Nijmegen. For a detailed CV, see below.


Jürgen has studied sociology and law in Frankfurt and Berlin. He received a diploma in sociology (Dipl.-Soz.) and completed the first and second state examination in law (Ass. iur.). He holds a PhD (Dr. jur.) and a habilitation in law, both awarded by Goethe University Frankfurt. His lecture qualification (venia legendi) comprises public law, European law, public international law, and sociology of law.


Jürgen Bast has published widely on issues of international and European migration law and European constitutional law (see full list below). Recently, he has co-authored the REMAP study on Human Rights Challenges to European Migration Policy with Frederik von Harbou and Janna Wessels (full book available at https://doi.org/10.5771/9783748926740), and conducted research on the Global Compact for Migration within the framework of the interdisciplinary research project PROTECT (see Condensed Results Report, publ. by the Protect Consortium 1 March 2023, available at https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7691380, with Elspeth Guild).

Jürgen’s latest publications include:

–         J. Bast & A. von Bogdandy, The Constitutional Core of the Union: On the CJEU’s New Constitutionalism (February 27, 2024), Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law & International Law (MPIL) Research Paper No. 2024-06, available open access on https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4740888.

–         J. Bast, P. Endres de Oliveira & J. Wessels, “Enhancing the Rights of Protection-seeking Migrants through the Global Compact for Migration: The Case of EU Asylum Policy”, International Journal of Refugee Law 35 (2023), Issue 4, advance article publ. 9 March 2024, available open access on https://doi.org/10.1093/ijrl/eead007.

–         J. Bast, “Asylum-Seekers’ Right to Free Movement: How to Make it Relevant in EU Law”, VerfBlog, 2024/2/28, https://verfassungsblog.de/asylum-seekers-right-to-free-movement/, DOI: 10.59704/8367f0990798551b.