The Refugee ‘Crisis’ in Europe: Between Luxembourg, Lesbos, Brussels, Dublin, and Aleppo
Dr Reuven Ziegler
Associate Professor in International Refugee Law
University of Reading, UK
The talk will critically appraise the EU's (mis)handling of the refugee 'crisis', one which may be more aptly characterised as a crisis of solidarity and the rule of law. It will do so through the prism of three legal contexts: the EU-Turkey ‘statement’, the (yet to be reformed) 'Dublin' counter-responsibility sharing, and the (absence of) humanitarian visas. In considering the EU-Turkey 'statement', the talk will query whether Turkey could be considered a 'safe third country'; whether the EU General Court erred in declining to rule on the statement's merits; and whether the outcome of the 'statement' is plausible. Regarding 'Dublin', the hurdles posed in the way of the emergency relocation mechanism and the challenge of construing permanent equitable responsibility-sharing will be assessed, in the light of the Visegrad group's resistance. Finally, it is argued that the absence of prescribed 'safe and legal routes' in EU law and the reluctance of the Luxembourg court to follow the Advocate General's opinion in X and X v. Belgium leaves little hope for progressive interpretation of the (EU) right to asylum.
All are welcome to attend - no booking required.