Events: RLI Seminar on Asylum in Europe, 23 October 2015

RLI Seminar on Asylum in Europe, 23 October 2015

This year, our 6th annual Refugee Law seminar series at the Refugee Law Initiative addresses the challenges of refugee protection in the EU system. The series is made up exclusively of topical and original presentations from new and exciting researchers in the field, starting this week with…

– ‘FRONTEX Operations and Pre-emptive Humanitarianism: The “Rescue-Without-Protection” Paradigm’
– Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax

– Feiday 23 October 2015, 1800-1930
– Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR

This timely seminar investigates the different phases in Frontex-coordinated missions at sea and their impact on access to international protection in the EU. It shows how the language of humanitarianism, illustrated by different joint operations in the past 10 years, has been co-opted and de-naturalised to respond to the instant necessities of those found in distress at sea, obviating the causes of flight and the consequences of pre-emption. It demonstrates how a ‘rescue without protection’ paradigm serves to legitimise operations ultimately aimed at preventing departures or deflecting protection seekers to points of embarkation across the Mediterranean, sparing them from the immediate dangers of irregular voyages without (real) opportunities to claim asylum in the EU. The un-sustainability of this approach will be tested against current events following the mass drowning of April 2015, the extension of Triton and the launch of EUNAVFOR Med.

Bio – Violeta Moreno-Lax is the EU Co-ordinator for the RLI. She is a Lecturer in Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where she teaches EU Law and EU Migration Law. She has previously taught at the Universities of Liverpool, Oxford, Louvain, and Nijmegen as well as at the College of Europe. She has also acted as consultant for the European Parliament and the European Commission, and has advised a number of governmental and non-governmental organisations active in the area of refugee and migrant rights. Her current research focuses on the interface between border control, migration management and international protection under EU and international law.

The event is free and open to the public. You can guarantee your place by registering through:


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