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.
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.
Eleni Karageorgiou argues that the ongoing humanitarian crisis has exposed the great flaws of the Dublin Regulation and that solidarity in EU asylum policies has become a euphemism for bargaining responsibility.
Read more in her contribution on openDemocracy.
In an article recently published in International Journal of Refugee Law, LUMIN researcher Gregor Noll argues against radiological age assessment of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum.
Read the full article here.
An article by LUMIN researcher Eleni Karageorgiou has been published in European Politics and Society. In her article, ‘Solidarity and sharing in the Common European Asylum System: the case of Syrian refugees’, Karageorgiou discusses the way in which the Syrian refugee crisis triggers questions of solidarity and sharing practices within the EU.
The article is published in European Politics and Society 2016, Volume 17, Issue 2, pages 196-214, DOI:10.1080/23745118.2016.1121007.
Read the abstract here.
From 3-4 May 2016 Lund University will host an invitation-only symposium on the subject of Disasters and Displacement in a Warming World: Current Realities, Legal Perspectives. Opening with a keynote speech by Professor Jane McAdam (UNSW), the symposium will consider the role of the 1951 Refugee Convention in relation to cross-border displacement in the context of disasters and climate change.
The symposium is funded by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.
More information about the symposium.
L/UMIN members Gregor Noll and Eleni Karageorgiou recently presented talks on the question of EU solidarity in the refugee field at the 4-5 March Odysseus Conference entitled “Searching for Solidarity in EU Asylum and Border Policies”. An audio recording of their interventions as well as written summaries are available at: