Ruben Tans (R.L.N.)

Ruben Tans started working as a double degree PhD candidate at the department of International and European Law and the University of Hasselt (Belgium) in January 2021. His research focuses on the integration of beneficiaries of temporary and international protection and their participation in the labour market of Belgium (Flanders) and the Netherlands. Through a comparative law analysis of Belgian (Flemish) and Dutch legislation and policy on integration, he seeks to identify differences in the treatment of beneficiaries of temporary protection and beneficiaries of international protection, identify both worst and best practices, in order to formulate recommendations that should contribute to the integration of newcomers.


Ruben holds an LLB in European Law School, as well as two LLMs in European Law School and in Globalisation and Law (both cum laude) from Maastricht University.


Next to his research, he is a member of the Maastricht Centre for European Law (MCEL), the Institute for Transnational and Euregional cooperation and cross-border Mobility (ITEM) and the Ius Commune Research School. Ruben combines his work as a PhD candidate with a job at the GrensInfoPunt Maastricht, giving advice to cross-border workers.