School of Law

Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax co-authors an opinion piece on Italian-Libyan cooperation on intercepting migrants for the New York Times

3 January 2019

Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax co-authored an opinion piece for The New York Times regarding Italian - Libyan cooperation on intercepting migrants. The article reads: “Those working on the suit, who include two of us — Mr. Mann and Ms. Moreno-Lax — argue that even though Italian or European personnel did not physically intercept the migrants and bring them back to Libya, Italy exercised effective control over the Libyan Coast Guard through mutual agreements, support and on-the-ground coordination. Italy has entrusted the Libyans with a task that Rome knows full well would be illegal if undertaken directly: preventing migrants from seeking protection in Europe by impeding their flight and sending them back to a country where extreme violence and exploitation await.” Read the whole piece here.