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Borders & Human Rights in Europe – Recent Legal Developments Explored

This seminar provides an opportunity to examine the changing legal context of migration governance in and around the Mediterranean. It brings together academic lawyers and practitioners to discuss the workings of the legal regime of search and rescue, suppression of human smuggling, non-refoulement and the prohibition on collective expulsion. The aim is to focus on discrete recent legal developments in particular, and to explore their implications. These are UN Security Council Resolution 2240 (2015) on human smuggling in Libya, various EU Member States’ plans to erect further border walls and fences and the communication of cases against Spain concerning its border practices in Ceuta and Melilla and their compatibility with the prohibition on collective expulsion.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Wharton Room, All Souls College, High Street, Oxford

Chair & Convenor           

Professor Cathryn Costello, Andrew W Mellon Associate Professor in International Human Rights and Refugee Law


Professor Guy S Goodwin-Gill, Emeritus Professor of International Refugee Law, All Soul’s College, Oxford

The Mediterranean as a Special Area of Responsibility

Professor Antonios Tzanakopoulos, Associate Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford

UN Security Council Resolution 2240 (2015) – The Crime of Human Smuggling as a Threat to International Peace and Security

Ms Nuala Mole, Director, AIRE Centre

Current Litigation against Border Expulsions

Commander Patrick Burke, Legal Officer, Irish Defence Forces

All at Sea - Operational and Legal Issues in Maritime Search and Rescue

Ms Stephanie Motz, Visiting Fellow, Refugee Studies Centre

The Boat is Full - Non-Refoulement at Border Fences and Walls