The research milieu Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (L/UMIN) is a collaboration between the faculties of law at Uppsala and Lund universities which aims at promoting and developing migration law in Sweden. The research within the milieu focuses on international as well as national aspects of migration law. PhD Projects as well as postdoc Projects are included, and several senior researchers are linked to the milieu. Seminar series and workshops will be organised, where the exchange of knowledge between researchers and practitioners of migration law is central.
The project is co-funded by the European refugee fund.
Read more on the project here.
Simon Andersson, PhD in procedural law, will begin a post doc position at the Department of Law, Uppsala University, in September 2018. Simon will be working with a project on the detention of deportees.
The Department of Philosophy at Uppsala University through legal philosopher Patricia Mindus and the migration law team at the Faculty of Law, Gothenburg University, have joined the network.
On 22 May 2018, Matthew Scott will defend his PhD thesis on Refugee Status Determination in the Context of ‘Natural’ Disasters and Climate Change: A Human Rights-Based Approach. Matthew Scott is first amongst the L/UMIN PhD students to defend their theses.
Eleni Karageorgiou and Dr. Vladislava Stoyanova have signed a book contract. The forthcoming book The New Asylum and Transit Countries in Europe During and in the Aftermath of the 2015/2016 Crisis, V Stoyanova and E Karageorgiou (eds) (Brill, 2018) will appear within the Brill International Refugee Law Series.
On May 11-12, Lund is hosting a conference convened by L/UMIN researchers Gregor Noll, Vladislava Stoyanova and Eleni Karageorgiou. The aim of the conference is to explore the dynamics of asylum in countries located in the south-eastern part of Europe as actors who influence the formation of European policies on asylum as well as refugee law and its content. Participating researchers include L/UMIN members Rebecca Thorburn Stern (UU) and Anna Bruce (LU), as well as asylum law researchers active across Europe.
Europe is currently faced with significant movements of persons fleeing war and violence. Despite the existence of a harmonized European asylum framework, which imposes common standards as to the treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, European countries have been responding on the basis of their national interests, signalling that asylum is first and foremost a national matter. This has raised questions as to the viability of the Common European Asylum System, while exposing European policies’ inherent tension between protection duties and security concerns. This conference sheds light on the role of national governments and neighbouring third countries in shaping asylum in Europe.
The conference is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (The Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences, www.rj.se/en).
The Faculty of Law at Lund University, through researchers Eleni Karageorgiou and Vladislava Stoyanova, intervened in a recent European Court of Human Rights judgment against Greece.
Chowdury et al v Greece covers severe forms of labor exploitation of migrants at strawberry farms in Greece. The Court found a violation of Article 4(2) of the ECHR, the right not to be subjected to forced labor, following the line of argument proposed by Karageorgiou and Stoyanova in their third party intervention.
So far the judgment has received extensive media coverage, including in the Guardian and in the New York Times.
The judgment is considered to be an important development of the Court’s jurisprudence.
Associate professor Rebecca Thorburn Stern has been appointed expert in a governmental inquiry concerning the possibilities to grant residence permits when a decision on refusal of entry or expulsion can not be effected or has reached the statute of limitation.
The work of the inquiry is to be finalized before 1 September 2017.
Read more (in Swedish) here and here.
Eleni Karageorgiou will speak at a seminar on the topic of solidarity in EU asylum policy hosted by Sieps 1 December in Stockholm.
The seminar is open to the public and free of charge, register by 28 November.
In a recent analysis published by the Swedish Institute for Europan Policy Studies (Sieps) Eleni Karageorgiou explores the meaning and functions of the principle of solidarity enshrined in Article 80 TFEU based on the ways in which it has been operationalized through new measures and proposals such as an emergency relocation mechanism, a proposal to reform the Dublin Regulation, and the development of the EU-Turkey partnership.
Read the paper here.
In an article published in the Swedish Migration Agency’s news letter Eleni Karageorgiou discusses what effects the UK’s withdrawal from the EU might have for the individual and for the Common European Asylum System.
Read the article here.