Odysseus Member, Prof. Dr. Daniel Thym is organising an International Conference on “Constitutional Foundations of EU Migration Law” at University of Konstanz, Germany (Research Centre Immigration & Asylum Law) on 18 & 19 June 2019.
It is trite to say that the asylum policy crisis revealed serious shortcomings in the design and implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). As a result, both the supranational institutions and many academics have focused their activities on the ongoing reform efforts and the multiple challenges of everyday practice in recent years. Such inspection tends to consider legal questions in isolation, including judgments of the ECJ and the ECHR. The international conference organised by the University of Konstanz accepts the added value of such problem-specific analyses and suggests, nonetheless, to step back and to approach the state of EU migration law from a more general point of view.
The summer of 2019 is a perfect moment for such a constitutional reflection: the sense of urgency gradually gives way to the search for lasting solutions; the European elections mean that legislative reform efforts will be suspended for several months; and academia has started developing generic ideas about the achievements and pitfalls of the EU’s activities. Our conference
aims at fostering this move towards a holistic approach.