The containment of migration flows in the Mediterranean: a challenge for human rights

24 October 2023. From 18:30 | Conference | Spanish | IEMed
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The immigration and asylum policies of the European Union move forward within the usual line of repression of irregular immigration and impermeability of borders. Consequently, they have failed to reach a reasonable balance between the right of the States to control the entry of people into their territory and the requirements of the rule of law and human rights.

Thus, the lecture will address the inability within the European Union to establish a coordinated approach to the search and rescue system, as well as it will assess the obstacles faced by search and rescue operations by NGO vessels. Thirdly, the plan designed to militarize the Mediterranean around border control and management will be highlighted, in order to determine whether or not it is adequate to guarantee the right of asylum and the principle of non-refoulement. In addition, criticisms of the work carried out by Frontex on the Mediterranean maritime border and other rejections at the border will be emphasized. Finally, the lecture will analyze the assistance to neighboring countries, especially to Libya and Tunisia, to strengthen border management capacities, assistance carried out without considering the commitment to integrate democratic values and principles in foreign action of the Union. The session will conclude with some brief considerations on the use of artificial intelligence in the field of immigration.

Eva María Díez Peralta is a professor of Public International Law at the Universidad de Almería, where she obtained her doctorate. She is also the director of the Gender Equality Unit of the same university. She mainly teaches on issues related to the EU, such as “Human Rights and Migration in the EU framework”. As a researcher she focuses on Law, the EU, Human Rights and Democracy. She has more than 30 works published, including 3 books, the most recent of which, from 2019, is titled “El matrimonio infantil y forzado en el Derecho Internacional”. This, on top of articles such as “The EU’s conventional policy on the readmission of irregular immigrants” (2018).

Session moderated by Laura Huici, associate professor of International Public Law and co-director of the Master’s Degree in International Studies – International Organizations and Cooperation, UB.

This conference takes place in Spanish at the IEMed conference room, Girona, 20 – Barcelona.

It can also be followed on IEMed’s Youtube Channel.

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Eva María Díez Peralta

Eva María Díez Peralta

Associate professor of International Public Law Universidad de Almería
Laura Huici

Laura Huici

Associate professor of International Public Law and co-director of the Master’s Degree in International Studies UB

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