Colleen Boland

Colleen currently works as Research Manager for transnational NGO Common Action Forum. She holds an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Middle East Politics, and a PhD in Sociology of Migration from Complutense University of Madrid. Her research interests include migration studies, diversity management, religious pluralism, and citizenship governance and participation.

Is Dutch Exceptionalism Equipped to Cope With the Pandemic?

March 04, 2021

In late January, protests and riots against COVID-19 lockdown measures in the Netherlands drew attention from international audiences, taking many by surprise. Described by the Dutch police as the “worst rioting in 40 years,” it was a response to the first curfew the country has seen since the Second World...

Anne Frank’s Amsterdam: Remembering Our Privilege in Times of Pandemic

April 03, 2020

As I reread Anne Frank’s diary — living just a 10-minute walk from her hiding place in Amsterdam and having first read it in an American middle school, only imagining Europe — I immediately recognize many things that were not familiar the first time around. In recounting her life before going...

Al-Sweady Inquiry: Fit for Purpose?

May 07, 2013

As an inquiry into allegations of torture and killing of civilians by the British Army in Iraq begins to hear witness testimony, Colleen Boland looks at the pluses and minuses in the practice of public inquiry.

Who Stays and Who Goes? The Debate Around UK Extradition Law

November 29, 2012

Recently, a number of high-profile extradition cases, including those of Julian Assange, Gary McKinnon, Abu Qatada al-Filistini and Abu Hamza al-Masri, have drawn attention to the on-going debates on state sovereignty, diplomacy, executive power and judicial autonomy in the international arena. Background