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The Migration Crisis in the Mediterranean: Legal and Policy Issues Arising from the EU Response




The EU has been considering taking extraordinary measures to deal with migrants, and their smugglers, travelling by boat to Europe. Some of the ideas being suggested would involve the EU itself assuming a more direct enforcement role than ever seen before.  For example:

  • attacking boats suspected of being used for smuggling in North African waters
  • deploying intelligence and security services in North Africa to target smugglers
  • detaining migrants in enhanced security zones in Southern Europe
  • using accelerated procedures and extended detention in prisons to process and expel migrants
  • forcibly fingerprinting new arrivals
  • authorising EU border guards to carry out expulsions themselves

This seminar will consider the legal issues that are raised by some of the proposed policies in terms of their compliance with EU law, human rights law and international law on the use of force.

The seminar will be of interest to scholars in the fields of EU, asylum and international law, as well as practitioners and policy-makers.  

This seminar is organized by The Institute for the Study of European Laws and the International Law and Affairs Group under the auspices of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Law.

Welcome: Professor Panos Koutrakos, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, City Law School


CHAIR: Professor Sir Alan Dashwood QC, City University London.

Professor Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor, Queen Mary College, University of London and Radboud University, Nijmegen. 

Professor Achilles Skordas, Professor of International Law, University of Bristol and Visiting Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, Heidelberg.

Professor Daniel Wilsher, Professor of Law, City University London.

Dr Itamar Mann, National Security Law Fellow, Center on National Security and the Law at Georgetown Law Center.

The event will be held in the Music Performance Space, City University London, College Building, St John Street, London EC1V 4PB and followed by a wine reception.

Accredited for 2 CPD points

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6.00pm - 8.00pmWednesday 29th July 2015

Performance Space College Building City, University of London St John Street London EC1V 4PB United Kingdom

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