Welcome to GLUMIN


The Gothenburg / Lund / Uppsala Migration Law Network (GLUMIN) is a research collaboration with the aim of developing migration law and migration law research in Sweden. The research network today includes researchers in the field of migration law active at most of the country’s universities and colleges.

At this site you can read more about GLUMIN, upcoming events as well as ongoing and finished research projects.

Invitation to Higher Degree Research Seminar

Gothenburg/Lund/Uppsala Migration Law Network (GLUMIN) in collaboration with The Swedish Institute of International Law (SIFIR) invites you to a seminar in Migration Law on 1st December 2020. Dr Ellen Desmet, Assistant Professor in Migration Law at the Faculty of Law, Ghent University and its Human Rights Centre, will give a presentation concerning rights-oriented research about children and migration and the perspectives on children in this research. The presentation is based on Ellen Desmet and Ruth Brittle’s article “Thirty Years of Research on Children’s Rights in the Context of Migration” (2020) published in the International Journal of Children’s Rights. Professor Rebecca Thorburn Stern opens the seminar and a commentator is Daniel Hedlund, postdoctoral researcher with migration law focus, both at the Department of Law. The seminar will be held in English.

Thirty years of research on children in the context of migration: where do we go from here?

This article, co-authored with Ruth Brittle, analyses how research has approached the issue of children’s human rights in migration processes from 1989 to 2019, during which this topic has been receiving increasing attention. This analysis identifies the main focuses of research during this period, in the form of studies into unaccompanied, refugee and asylum-seeking children in European and Anglophone contexts, and how their migration influences the dynamics between international refugee law and children’s rights. In the process, this analysis also identifies gaps in research, such as certain groups of children receiving less attention than others, as well as other reasons for migration apart from refugee and asylum claims. Moreover, some categories of rights have been insufficiently discussed. Consequently, this analysis suggests that research in this area should move beyond its Euro-centric focus, strengthen methodological interdisciplinarity and enhance its conceptualisation of children’s rights, as well as including children in the research process.

Date: 1st December 2020

Time: 10.15-12.00 (followed by lunch)

Venue: Grotius Hall, Department of Law, Trädgårdsgatan 1, ground floor, and via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided when registered to participate. Passcode will be sent out to registered participants two days before the seminar.

Suggested reading: Desmet, Ellen & Brittle, Ruth, Thirty Years of Research on Children’s Rights in the Context of Migration. International Journal of Children’s Rights Vol. 28, Nr. 1, 2020, pp. 36-65.


Rebecca Thorburn Stern on behalf of GLUMIN and SIFIR

Please register your participation in the seminar (and whether this participation will be in person or via the link), as well as whether you plan to participate in the lunch, no later than 20th November 2020 by sending an email to: daniel.hedlund@jur.uu.se

Instant Analysis: the Commission Proposal for an EU migration Pact

Postat  av Victoria Malmquist

Welcome to an online breakfast seminar Wednesday 30 sep at 09:00-10.00 via Zoom. Link will be published closer to the date.

Instant Analysis: the Commission Proposal for an EU migration Pact. Ylva Johansson, commissioner for home affairs, has now presented the European Commission’s long-awaited new migration pact. The pact will be proposed to replace the Dublin regulation and form the backbone of a reformed migration policy of the European Union. The International Law group of the Department of Law invites you to an online breakfast seminar where a panel of scholars will analyze and discuss the implications of the new proposal.

Panel: Gregor Noll, Martin Leopardi, Alexandra Bousiou and Karin Åberg.

Link to event and more information on the panellists:



New book on migration law

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.

Conference: Asylum at the Frontiers of Europe – Realities and Legal Challenges

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).

Karageorgiou’s and Stoyanova’s third party intervention in Chowdury et al v Greece

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.