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Bastien Charaudeau Santomauro

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Discipline: Law

Degrees BA: Bachelor in Social Sciences - Sciences Po, Paris


MA in Law - Sciences Po Law School, Paris

MA in Political Philosophy - Sorbonne University, Paris

Advanced MA in European and Migration Studies - Institute for European Studies, ULB, Brussels

PhD Research Information

Security, Borders and Migrant Rights: A Study of the Impact of Counter-Terrorism Measures on the Condition of Migrants

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My research articulates an interdisciplinary analysis of the linkages between security, borders and migrants, and their effect on the migrant condition through the case-study of the French-Italian border. Since the reintroduction of border controls by the French government in November 2015, the border with Italy is the scene of new - or renewed - border control mechanisms and strategies. Migrants coming from Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East intend to cross the border to continue their journey, whether France is set as a destination or a transit country. Controls at the border involve identity checks and policing practices in the border region in such a way that raises multiple questions with regards to the legal and political condition of migrants in the European Union, and in France in particular. The legal, social and political ecosystem that is taking shape at the border underlies peculiar tensions between EU and domestic law and around the rights of migrants and EU citizens who are assisting migrants at the border.

In my doctoral research, I aim to combine theoretical and practical perspectives on the network of social and legal relations at the border through fieldwork-based legal and philosophical analyses. I look, in particular, at the dynamics induced by both the fight against terrorism and the rise of nationalism.


My research is structured upon an interdisciplinary approach which combines legal studies (including case-law analysis), political theory and empirical work at the border (inspired by ethnographic and sociological methodologies).

Keywords: Border and Migration Control, Migrant's Rights, Refugees, Anti-Terrorism, Interdisciplinarity

Language(s) of writing: English, French

Country: France

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Sciences Po


Law School

Supervisor: Jeremy Perelman
Start date: 01-09-2017
PhD current status: PhD Ongoing
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Added to catalogue on: 13-11-2018

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