Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi

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Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi is a Departmental Lecturer of International Human Rights and Refugee Law at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, and a visiting professor at Sciences Po Paris. She was previously a Max Weber Fellow at the Law Faculty of the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (2016-2017). She obtained her PhD at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) on the administrative governance of the EU asylum policy. Lilian’s expertise lies in EU, Public International, Human Rights, and Public Law. On these topics she has published, among others, at Human Rights Law Review, Refugee Survey Quarterly, and Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. Lilian has undertaken research in asylum and migration for NGOs, UNHCR and the EU institutions, and has policy experience, including as policy advisor to a Member of the European Parliament. She has been invited to give numerous lectures (EUI, NYU, Florence, International Association of Refugee Law judges), as well as present her research findings to governments (‘European Commission Contact Group Meeting’, and ‘UNHCR Global Consultations’).

Selected publications:

Edited collective volumes

  1. (with P. De Bruycker) (eds), Research Handbook on EU Migration and Asylum Law (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2018)
  2. (with J.P. Gaucci and M. Giuffré) (eds), Exploring the boundaries of refugee law: current protection challenges (Brill/Martinus Nijhoff 2015)

Edited special issues in peer-reviewed journals

  1. (with D. Thym) (eds), Special Issue: ‘Searching for Solidarity in EU Asylum and Border Policies’, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (forthcoming 2017)
  2. (with P. De Bruycker) (eds), Special Issue: ‘The Challenge of Detention to Refugee Protection’ (2016) 35(1) Refugee Survey Quarterly

Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  1. ‘Solidarity at Work? The Prevalence of Emergency-driven Solidarity in the Administrative Governance of the Common European Asylum System’ (2017) 24 Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (forthcoming)
  2. (with D. Thym), ‘Searching for Solidarity in the EU Asylum and Border Policies: Constitutional and Operational Dimensions (2017) 24 Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (forthcoming)
  3. ‘Bottom-up Salvation? From Practical Cooperation Towards Joint Implementation Through the European Asylum Support Office’ (2016) 1(3) European Papers 997
  4. ‘Asylum Detention in EU Law: Falling between Two Stools?’ (2016) 35(1) Refugee Survey Quarterly 7
  5. (with P. De Bruycker), ‘The Challenge of Asylum Detention to Refugee Protection’, 35(1) Refugee Survey Quarterly 1
  6. ‘Reception conditions for asylum seekers in the EU: towards the prevalence of human dignity’ (2015) 29(1) Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law 9
  7. (with L. Leboeuf), ‘Towards a Re-Definition of Persecution? Assessing the Potential Impact of Y and Z’ (2013) 13(2) Human Rights Law Review 402
  8. ‘What Role for the Court of Justice of the EU in the Development of a European Asylum Policy? The Case of Loss and Denial of International Protection in the EU’ (2012) 2/3, Tijdschrift voor Bestuurswetenschappen en Publiekrecht 212
  9. (with P. McDonough), ‘The “Other” Greek Crisis: Asylum and EU Solidarity’ (2012) 31(4) Refugee Survey Quarterly 67
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