Call for Papers from OMNIA Partner on the Future of Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy

Europe’s crisis: 

What future for immigration and asylum law and policy?

Migration and Law Network 2016 Conference

27-28 June, London

in association with Queen Mary University of London

The European Union is today faced by significant movements of refugees and migrants from places which have experienced war or economic or environmental pressure. Combined with recent terrorist attacks, these developments have led some to doubt the viability of the EU migration framework. At the same time, they have led to arguments for new action by EU institutions and agencies, and by neighbouring countries. New forms of solidarity have been sought by some states and sections of public opinion, but rejected by others. Given the current sense of crisis, there are great uncertainties as to the future direction of the EU migration framework, as well as its content.

Against this background, we invite papers from any discipline addressing legal and policy aspects of the ongoing EU migration crisis. Among the questions papers may wish to address are the following:

  • What is the nature, and what are the sources, of the EU crisis concerning migration?
  • What should the legal, policy and operational responses to the crisis be?
  • Is solidarity among states and peoples possible inside the EU? Does solidarity apply also externally, towards non-EU countries?
  • What is, and what should be, the role of neighbouring and transit states in controlling migration towards the EU?
  • Are there lessons from elsewhere – including the Americas, South East Asia and Australia – for the experience in the EU and its surrounding region?
  • Are new international norms and approaches needed to accommodate contemporary migration flows?

We welcome submissions from academics, researchers with other organisations, and PhD students.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words alongside the author’s affiliation and contact details should be sent to MLNconference2016@qmul.ac.uk no later than 15 March 2016.


Plenary Speakers at the Conference include:

– Mark Camilleri (European Asylum Support Office)

– Tineke Strik (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe)

– Madeline Garlick (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees) [tbc]

– Kris Pollet (European Council on Refugees and Exiles)

– Inmaculada Arnaez (FRONTEX Fundamental Rights Officer)

The 2016 conference is being organised by:

Prof. Valsamis Mitsilegas, Head of Law Department, Queen Mary
Prof. Elspeth Guild, Jean Monnet Professor, Queen Mary & Radboud University, Nijmegen
Prof. Bernard Ryan, University of Leicester
Dr. Prakash Shah, School of Law, Queen Mary
Dr. Violeta Moreno-Lax, School of Law, Queen Mary
Niovi Vavoula, School of Law, Queen Mary
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