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Education CV

Current Research

Tom's current research focusses on the impact of a Member State's withdrawal from the European Union on the rights associated with EU Citizenship. Using Brexit as a case study, he researches how withdrawal with and without an agreement between the withdrawing state and the EU affects and changes the rights of EU Citizens who reside in the withdrawing country. The question whether, and to what extent, these rights can be guaranteed by national legislation, international agreements, and principles of law is central to his reserach. He further looks into the impact of the absence of European Integration on restrcited forms of EU Citizenship in withdrawing states, such as currently proposed in the Draft Withdrawal Agreement between the EU and UK.

Education and Professional Background

Tom obtained his LL.M. at the University of Cambridge, for which he was awarded an E.M. Burnett prize for a first in law (2018). He also holds a LL.B. (cum laude) in European Law from the University of Maastricht (2017). During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a teaching assistant, teaching undergraduate seminars. He has been a Contributor to the Global Citizenship Observatory's Blog since 2017. 

Scholarships and Awards

  • Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Partnership Studentship (2018)
  • Cambridge Vice Chancellor's Scholarship (2018)
  • E.M. Burnett Prize for a First in the Cambridge LL.M. programme (2018)

Fields of research

  • Public EU Law and EU Citizenship
  • Citizenship and Nationality Law in an International Law Context



Dr. Kenneth Armstrong

Representative Publications

2019: TL Boekestein and GR de Groot, ‘Do desperate times justify desperate measures? The Human Rights Concerns and discriminatory Nature of Citizenship Revocation under the Dutch Counter-Terrorism Approach’, (2019) 23(4) Citizenship Studies 

2019: TL Boekestein, ‘Deprivation of Nationality as a Counter-Terrorism Tool: A comparative Analysis of Canadian and Dutch Legislation’, (2019) 5 Transnational Human Rights Review

2017: TL Boekestein and GR de Groot, ‘K2 t. het Verenigd Koninkrijk’ (commentary on ECtHR, app no. 42387/13), (2017) European Human Rights Cases [Dutch]

Start Date

Oct 2018



Case Notes

K2 t. het Verenigd Koninkrijk [2017] 8 Sdu European Human Rights Cases

GR de Groot
Published: Oct 2017

Conference Papers

"Do desperate times justify desperate measures? The human rights concerns and discriminatory nature of citizenship revocation in counterterrorism" (IPSA World Congress 2018)

IPSA World Congress 2018
Published: Jul 2018