The Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law of the European Society of International Law, the Centre for Migration Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen and the Amsterdam Center for International Law of the University of Amsterdam are pleased to announce ‘Heading to Europe: Safe Haven or Graveyard?’, a panel discussion on migration by sea in the Mediterranean. The panel discussion will be held on 16 May 2014 at the Radboud University Nijmegen.
The year of 2013 has demonstrated that the tragedy of thousands of migrants and refugees drowning on the shores of Europe is now a common occurrence._ The fate of those who perished near the Italian island of Lampedusa has brought the urgency of the situation into focus. The aim of the panel discussion is to provide an overview of the legal rules and processes applicable to migration by sea in the Mediterranean and to re_ect on their wider sociological implications.
The panel discussion consists of two panels, each followed by a plenary discussion. In the first panel, legal experts working in the _eld of academia and at stakeholder organizations (e.g. UN Refugee Agency, Council of Europe, European Union) focus on legal aspects of boat migration in the Mediterranean. The second panel brings together scholars and practitioners with _rst-hand experience from transit countries (Egypt, Morrocco, Turkey and Tunesia) to discuss the sociological e_ects of the legal rules and processes. The organizing partners cordially invite interested scholars, governments o_cials, practitioners and advanced students to join in the panel discussion_‘Heading to Europe: Safe Haven or Graveyard?’.
Active participation in the discussion is strongly encouraged. Participation is free of charge. For participation, please register online here.