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Céline Hocquet

Discipline: Law

Degrees BA: LL.B (Univ. Cath, de Lille) & B.A. in applied languages (Univ, de Strasbourg)


European public comparative law (Univ, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

PhD Research Information

The implication for international refugee law of the EU's use of cooperation based non-entry policies.

Brief description:

Over the past two decades, the European Union (EU) has considerably developed non-entry policies. In addition to the ‘traditional’ non-entry policies such as visa controls or carrier sanctions, new forms of non-entries based on state cooperation have been developed. In the context of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’, the use of such cooperation agreements has further evolved with the use of non-binding arrangements, such as the EU-Turkey Statement of March 2016. Simultaneously the EU has constantly stressed its commitment to offering international protection to people fleeing wars and persecutions in accordance with international refugee law. My research aims at analysing the Janus-faced legal practice of the EU towards immigration. Particularly it shall question the implication for international refugee law of the use of cooperation based non-entry policies. The current immigration law scholarship mostly questioned these practices focusing on the practical aspects at stake. These discussions and arguments are relevant, however they fail to engage with the theoretical assumptions underpinning these practices. Just as with some other sensitive legal issues, it is often argued that there is no time for a theoretical enquiry when life or death of people are at stake. On the contrary, in my research, I argue that such a theoretical analysis of the EU’s response to immigration is very timely in order to truly understand its implication for the international refugee law system. Using an inter-disciplinary approach and critical legal theories, my research aims at doing case-study of some EU non-entry policies in order to point out the theoretical assumptions that underpin these practices.


Keywords: externalization, European Border Management, EU-Turkey agreement, EU Migration Law and Policy, Critical Legal Studies, cooperation with third countries, Border and Migration Control, Visa and Border Controls, third countries, Mobility Partnership, European Migration Policy, External Dimension, international refugee law

Language(s) of writing: English

Country: United Kingdom

Home University:

University of Birmingham


School of Law

Supervisor: Prof. Fiona de Londras (main supervisor) Dr. Kieren McGuffin (second supervisor)
Start date: 01-09-2017
PhD current status: PhD Ongoing
PhD research funded by: University of Birmingham, College of arts and law
Name of grant: College of arts and law doctoral scholarship
Added to catalogue on: 08-10-2018

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