School of Law

Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax, LLB/LLM (Murcia); MA (College of Europe); Post-graduate Certificate (ULB); PhD (Louvain); PGCAP (Queen Mary)

Violeta

Senior Lecturer in Law

Email: v.moreno-lax@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 7040
Room Number: Mile End
Website: https://qmul.academia.edu/VioletaMorenoLax

Profile

Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Law, founder of the Immigration Law programme, and Co-Director and co-founder of the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) at Queen Mary University of London. She is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, founder and general coordinator of SAROBMED: The Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean, member of the Legal Action Committee of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), member of the Advisory Board of Equal Rights Abroad, member of the Board of Directors of the International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI), Fellow of the Centre of European Law of King’s College London, Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London, Co-Chair of The Refugee Law Observatory, and member of the Steering Committee of the Migration Law Network.

Before coming to Queen Mary, she was a Lecturer in Law (Assistant Professor) at the Universities of Liverpool (2012-13) and Oxford (2011-12). She has held visiting positions at the Universities of Ghent (2019), Macquarie and New South Wales (2017), Oxford (2010-12), and Nijmegen (2009-10), as well as the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public and International Law (2018) and The Hague Academy of International Law (2010). She has published widely in the areas of international and European refugee and migration law, including her recent monograph: Accessing Asylum Europe: Extraterritorial Border Controls and Refugee Rights Under EU Law (Oxford University Press, 2017). And she regularly acts as expert consultant for the EU institutions and other organisations in her areas of expertise.

For further details on her publications, please, consult her Academia page.

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Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

  • QLLM100 EU Migration Law (22.5 credits Semester 1)
  • QLLM174 Migration, Security and Human Rights (22.5 credits Semester 1)
  • QLLM176 International Refugee Law (22.5 credits Semester 1) (convenor)
  • QLLM177 International Migration Law (22.5 credits Semester 2) (convenor)

Research

Dr Moreno-Lax is generally interested in:

  • International and European refugee law and migration studies;
  • Public international law, specially the study of jurisdiction, responsibility of States and international organisations, and the law of treaties;
  • EU law, with a particular focus on constitutional foundations and general principles, external relations and the external aspects of border and migration policy, EU citizenship, the free movement of persons, and justice and home affairs;
  • Human rights, including regional systems of protection and the philosophical foundations of individual liberties.  

Research Projects

Dr Moreno-Lax leads / is involved in a number of collaborative and externally funded research projects, including:

Publications

Books and monographs

  • Accessing Asylum in Europe: Extraterritorial Border Controls and Refugee Rights under EU Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 624 pp.
  • EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd, Vol. 3 (Asylum), co-authored and co-edited with S. Peers, M. Garlick and E. Guild (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015), 682 pp.

Reviews:

Moreno-Lax has written one of the key texts on EU migration and asylum law for the years to come. Her steady defence of rights as "practical and effective" and "not theoretical and illusory" (p. 477) and, more importantly, the way such defence is conducted through impeccable legal analysis of the instruments adopted by the EU itself, is already having an impact beyond academia and will be at the centre of policy debates in the future. The book is therefore an indispensable title, and essential reading for students, scholars, legal practitioners and judges, as well as policy makers and EU institutions dealing with borders, immigration, and asylum.

- Diego Acosta, Common Market Law Review

An imaginative, heterodox work that challenges the very foundations of our profession. - Gleider Hernández, European Journal of International Law

Moreno-Lax shows that it is perfectly possible to construct international and European law in such a manner as to argue that the generalized extraterritorial border control as implemented by European countries at this moment is in violation of international human rights and refugee law. This evidently requires an original and particular interpretation of law. Moreno-Lax convincingly argues that the currently dominant interpretation which denies her conclusion is flawed and internally inconsistent on many levels. The systematic and sustained way in which she does so is an achievement. - Thomas Spijkerboer, European Law Review

Violeta Moreno-Lax contributes to the multidisciplinary debate on asylum and refugees by offering a deeper insight into the right to asylum, and particularly into the relationship between the right to receive protection and the mechanisms of border control. - Daniela Irrera, Journal of Common Market Studies

  • EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd, Vol. 2 (Immigration), co-authored and co-edited with S. Peers, E. Guild, D. Acosta, and K. Groenendijk (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012), 572 pp.
  • Research Handbook on General Principles of EU Law, K. Ziegler, V. Moreno-Lax and P. Neuvonen (eds), (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).

Edited collections

  • Securitising Asylum Flows: Deflection, Criminalisation and Challenges for Human Rights, Vavoula, V. Mitsilegas, and V. Moreno-Lax (eds), (Leiden/Boston: Brill), (in press).
  • Beyond Pluralism: Co-implication, Embeddedness and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law, P. Gragl and V. Moreno-Lax (eds), Special Issue, (2016) 35(1) Oxford Yearbook of European Law 455-711.
  • ‘Boat Refugees’ and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach. Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights, V. Moreno-Lax and E. Papastavridis (eds), (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2016), 462 pp.
  • Human Rights in the Web of Governance: Towards a learning-based fundamental rights policy for the European Union, De Schutter and V. Moreno-Lax (eds), (Brussels: Bruylant, 2010), 322 pp.

Peer-reviewed articles

  • (with D. Ghezelbash and N. Klein) ‘Between Life, Security and Rights: Framing the Interdiction of “Boat Migrants” in the Central Mediterranean and Australia’, (2019) Leiden Journal of International Law 45 pp. (accepted).
  • (with M. Lemberg-Pedersen) ‘Border-induced Displacement: The Ethical and Legal Implications of Distance-creation through Externalization’ (2019) 56 Questions of International law 5-33.
  • (with D. Ghezelbash and N. Klein) ‘Securitization of Search and Rescue at Sea: The Response to “Boat Migration” in the Mediterranean and Offshore Australia’, (2018) 67(2) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 315-351.
  • ‘The EU Humanitarian Border and the Securitization of Human Rights: The “Rescue-through-Interdiction / Rescue-without-Protection” Paradigm’, (2018) 56(1) Journal of Common Market Studies 119-140. [JCMS Diploma: Top Downloaded Article in 2017-18]
  • ‘Solidarity’s Reach: Meaning, Dimensions and Implications for EU (External) Asylum Policy’, (2017) 24(5) Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law 740-762.
  • (with P. Gragl) ‘Introduction: Towards a New Rationale?’, in Beyond Pluralism: Co-implication, Embeddedness and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law (Special Issue) (2016) 35(1) Oxford Yearbook of European Law 455-470.
  • ‘Systematising Systemic Integration: “War Refugees”, Regime Relations, and a Proposal for a Cumulative Approach to International Commitments’ (2014) 12(5) Journal of International Criminal Justice 907-929 [shortlisted for the JICJ Prize].
  • Hirsi v Italy or the Strasbourg Court v Extraterritorial Migration Control?’ (2012) 12(3) Human Rights Law Review 574-598.
  • ‘Dismantling the Dublin System: S.S. v Belgium and Greece’ (2012) 14(1) European Journal of Migration and Law 1-31.
  • ‘Beyond Saadi v UK: Why the “Unnecessary” Detention of Asylum Seekers is Inadmissible under EU Law’ (2011) 5(2) Human Rights and International Legal Discourse 166-206.
  • ‘Seeking Asylum in the Mediterranean: Against a Fragmentary Reading of EU Member States’ Obligations Accruing at Sea’ (2011) 23(2) International Journal of Refugee Law 174-220.
  • ‘The EU Regime on Interdiction, Search and Rescue, and Disembarkation: The Frontex Guidelines for Intervention at Sea’ (2010) 25(4) The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 621-635.
  • ‘Must EU Borders Have Doors for Refugees? On the Compatibility of Visas and Carrier Sanctions with Member States’ Obligations to Provide International Protection to Refugees’ (2008) 10(3) European Journal of Migration and Law 315-364.
  • ‘External Dimension: From Protection Outsourcing to Containment by Proxy’, in L. Tsourdi and P. De Bruycker (eds), Research Handbook on EU Immigration and Asylum Law (Edward Elgar, under contract).

Book chapters

  • ‘The Emergence of Deterrence as a General Principle of EU Asylum and Migration Law’, in Ziegler, Moreno-Lax, and Neuvonen (eds), Research Handbook on General Principles of EU Law (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).
  • (with K. Ziegler) ‘Is the “Autonomy” of the EU Legal Order a General Principle? Perspectives from EU and Public International Law’, in Ziegler, Moreno-Lax, and Neuvonen (eds), Research Handbook on General Principles of EU Law (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).
  • (with K. Zielger and P. Neuvonen), ‘The General Principles of EU Law: Concept, Criteria, Context and Consequences’, in Ziegler, Moreno-Lax, and Neuvonen (eds), Research Handbook on General Principles of EU Law (Edward Elgar, forthcoming).
  • ‘Putting the Cart before the Horses: Mutual (Dis-)trust in EU Migration and Asylum Law’, in González Pascual and Iglesias Sánchez (eds), Fundamental Rights in the EU Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

 

  • ‘Theorising the (Intersectional) Right to Flee in the ECHR: A Composite Entitlement to Leave to Escape Irreversible Harm’, in Motoc and Calic (eds), The European Convention on Human Rights and Migration (Oxford University Press, 2019) 37 pp. (in press).
  • (with M. Giuffré) ‘The Rise of Consensual Containment: From “Contactless Control” to “Contactless Responsibility” for Migratory Flows’, in Juss (ed), Research Handbook on International Refugee Law (Edward Elgar, 2019) 81-108 and <https://www.unhcr.org/5a056ca07.pdf>.
  • ‘Introduction to G.S. Goodwin-Gill: The Refugee in International Law (Clarendon Press, 1983)’, in J. Barrett and J.-P. Gauci (eds), British Influences on International Law: Anthology (BIICL/Martinus Nijhoff, 2019) 2021-2044.
  • ‘The Axiological Emancipation of a (Non-)Principle: Autonomy, International Law and the EU Legal Order’, in I. Govaere and S. Garben (eds), The Interface Between EU and International Law (Hart, 2019) 45-72.
  • (with Papastavridis) ‘The Bases of a New Paradigm’, in V. Moreno-Lax and E. Papastavridis (eds), ‘Boat Refugees’ and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2016), 1-16.
  • ‘The Legality of the “Safe Third Country” Notion Contested: Insights from the Law of Treaties’, in G.S. Goodwin-Gill and P. Weckel (eds), Migration & Refugee Protection in the 21st Century: Legal Aspects - The Hague Academy of International Law Centre for Research (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 2015) 665-721. [Young Researcher Odysseus Prize]
  • (with M. Garlick), ‘The Qualification Directive’, in S. Peers, V. Moreno-Lax, M. Garlick and E. Guild (eds), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd, Vol. 3 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015) 65-210.
  • (with E. Guild), ‘The Reception Conditions Directive’, in S. Peers, V. Moreno-Lax, M. Garlick and E. Guild (eds), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd, Vol. 3 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015) 497-570.
  • ‘The External Dimension of the Common European Asylum System’, in S. Peers, V. Moreno-Lax, M. Garlick and E. Guild (eds), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd, Vol. 3 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015) 617-674.
  • (with C. Costello), ‘The Extraterritorial Application of the Charter: From Territoriality to Facticity, the Effectiveness Model’, in S. Peers et al (eds), Commentary on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014) 1657-1683.
  • ‘Of Autonomy, Autarky, Purposiveness and Fragmentation: The Relationship between EU Asylum Law and International Humanitarian Law’, in J.-F. Durieux and D. Cantor (eds), Refuge from Inhumanity: Enriching Refugee Protection Standards through Recourse to Humanitarian Law (Boston/Leiden: Brill, 2014) 295-341.
  • ‘Life after Lisbon: EU Asylum Policy as a Factor of Migration Control’, in D. Acosta and C. Murphy (eds), EU Justice and Security Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014) 146-167.
  • ‘Frontex as a Global Actor: External Relations with Third Countries and International Organisations’, in M. Dony (ed.), The External Dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Brussels: Presses de l’ULB, 2012) 163-184.
  • ‘Carrier Sanctions’, in S. Peers, E. Guild, D. Acosta, K. Groenendijk and V. Moreno-Lax (eds), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd, Vol. 2 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012) 336-356.
  • ‘The External Dimension of the Common European Asylum System after Stockholm’, in C. Gortázar Rotaeche et al. (eds), European Migration and Asylum Policies: Coherence or Contradiction? (Brussels: Bruylant, 2012) 103-112.
  • ‘(Extraterritorial) Entry Controls and (Extraterritorial) Non-Refoulement in EU Law’, in P. De Bruycker, M.-C. Foblets, and M. Maes (eds), The External Dimensions of EU Asylum and Immigration Policy (Brussels: Bruylant, 2011) 385-451.

Supervision

Dr Moreno-Lax welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in the fields of EU and international law, migration, refugee law, and human rights.

Dr Moreno-Lax is currently supervising:

  • Ceren Mutus Toprakseven [2015 QMUL Open Studentship Awardee]. Thesis: Shared Responsibility in the Context of Extraterritorialised / Privatised Migration Controls.
  • Kathryn Allinson [2016 QMUL Open Studentship Awardee]. Thesis: Causing Forced Displacement: An Inquiry into 'Displacing Third State' Responsibility.
  • Nicolette Busuttil [2016 QMUL Open Studentship Awardee]. Thesis: To Protect, Tolerate or Expel? International Protection Obligations towards Migrants with Psychosocial Disabilities Facing Removal.
  • Marta Minetti [2018 GTA Law Department]. Thesis: The Application of Different Legal Devices by the Italian Prosecutors in the Fight Against Trafficking in Human Beings and Smuggling of Migrants.
  • Muhamet Zeybek [2018 GTA Law Department]. Thesis: Is There a Fair-Sharing Principle in International Refugee Law?
  • Maja Grundler [2018 Leverhulme Trust Doctoral Scholar]. Thesis: Protection for Irregularized Migrants? – Trafficking, Smuggling and Asylum.
  • Oscar Pajuelo Liberati [2019 SAROBMED Assistant Coordinator]. Thesis: Between Europe and the Deep Blue Sea: The Role, Responsibilities and Obligations of Commercial Vessels in Maritime Search and Rescue Operations.
  • Malak Benslama [2019 QMUL Open Studentship Awardee]. Thesis: A comparative analysis on the effects of Gender-Based Nationality Laws on Refugees and Stateless people in Lebanon and Jordan.

Public Engagement

Dr Moreno-Lax has acted as expert consultant for the European institutions, and as legal advisor for a number of governmental and non-governmental organisations active in the area of refugee and migrant rights. She is also regularly invited to deliver expert and keynote speeches in her areas of expertise.

Expert studies and briefing papers

  • Commissioned Study and Model Convention, Humanitarian Visas (International Bar Association, in progress).
  • Legal application to European Court of Human Rights denouncing Greece’s criminalisation of rescue at sea by NGO Team Humanity in case Salam Aldeen v. Greece announced via Press Release on 18 April 2019.
    [Coverage by Stonisi, La Repubblica, Diario16, and featured in Queen Mary News].
  • Expert assessment, Greens Policy proposal: Bring Them Here: Ending Offshore Detention (Parliamentary Budget Office of Australia, January 2019) [unplublished].
  • Op-Ed (with Heller, Pezzani, Mann, and Weizman), ‘“It’s an Act of Murder”: How Europe Outsources Suffering as Migrants Drown’, The New York Times, 26 December 2018.

Guest lectures, conference papers and keynote appearances

  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Lecturer on ‘The Common European Asylum System: Coercion-based Protection?’, at the 2019 Jean Monnet Summer School: Migration Flows, hosted by the Kaposdistrian University of Athens, Athens (Greece), on 21June 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Speaker on: ‘Litigation for Change’ at the CONREP Conference: Refugee Externalization Policies, Monash University, Prato Centre, Prato (Italy), on 14 June 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Rescue as (Humanitarian) Smuggling and the Limits of Legitimate Criminalization’, at the British International Studies Association (BISA) – 2019 Annual Conference, hosted by the Royal Society, London, on 12-14 June 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert on: ‘Building up Partnerships with Countries of Origin’ at the Stakeholders Roundtable discussion: From Tampere 2020 to Tampere 2.0, hosted by the ODYSSEUS Network and the European Policy Centre (EPC), Brussels (Belgium), on 12 June 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘From Passive Deterrence to Active Coercion: Undoing Asylum from Within’, at the Law & Society Association (LSA) - 2019 Annual Conference, Washington D.C. (US), on 31 May 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Guest Lecturer on ‘Europe, Asylum and the Coercion Paradigm’, within the Doctoral Programme on Forced Migration of University L’Orientale, Naples (Italy), on 20 May 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Guest Lecturer on ‘The Legacy of Crisis-Based CEAS-Making: Risks and Prospects’, at the Jean Monnet Module on Immigration and Asylum Law of Salerno University, Salerno (Italy), on 17 May 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Speaker on: ‘Challenges and Prospects of the Maritime Context: GLAN at Sea’, at the HIAS Roundtable – Strategic Litigation in Asylum and Migration Issues, hosted by HIAS, Lesbos (Greece), on 14 May 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Speaker on: ‘Shrinking Civil Space and Strategic Litigation Tools’, at the 2019 Grüninger Prize Ceremony and Seminar, hosted by the Grüninger Foundation, St Gallen (Switzerland), on 10-11 May 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘The Post-crisis Model of Coercion-based Protection’, at the EURASYLUM Conference – Achieving a Common Vision of Migration in Europe, hosted by the University of Deusto, Bilbao (Spain), on 29 April 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Speaker on: ‘The Hirsi 2 Case: Refoulement by Proxy at Sea’, at the IEE Seminar – Strategic Litigation for Upholding Migrant Rights, hosted by the Free University of Brussels (ULB), Brussels (Belgium), on 24 April 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Vulnerability-making in EU Asylum Law’, at the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) – 2019 Annual Conference, hosted by the University of Leeds, on 4 April 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Chair of: International Law’s Objects at the CEILA Book Forum by Dr Jessie Hohmann (QMUL) and Dr Daniel Joyce (UNSW), Queen Mary University of London, London, on 20 March 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was convener and chair of: ‘Becoming a Civil MRCC for the Mediterranean’, at the SAROBMED Network Meeting, hosted by Médecins Sans Frontières, Brussels (Belgium), on 19 March 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘Europe: No Ports and No Relocation for “Boat Migrants”’, at the Sakharov Prize Finalist Seminar: Migration Across the Mediterranean (video), hosted by the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 18 March 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert on: ‘Close Ports: Legal Strategies to Gain Access to Disembarkation’, at the Palermo Charter Platform Process: From the Sea to the Cities, hosted by the City Council of Barcelona, Barcelona (Spain), on 1st March 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert on: ‘Three Years after the Refugee Crisis: Have EU Priorities Shifted’, at the CEPS Ideas Lab – Europe’s Choice, hosted by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels (Belgium), on 22 February 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a Guest Lecture on ‘The “Permanent Crisis” of Migration by Sea’, at the Columbia European Institute (New York), within the MA in European History, Politics and Society, New York (US), on 21 February 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Guest Lecturer on ‘Crimes of Rescue: The Limits of Legitimate Criminalization’, at the Yale Macmillan Centre for International Studies - Speaker Series - Programme on Refugees, New Haven (US), on 20 February 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Guest Lecturer on ‘The (Intersectional) Right to Flee Under International Law’, at Yale Law School – Schell Centre for International Human Rights, New Haven (US), on 20 February 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Guest Lecturer on ‘The Right to Asylum as a Human Right’ for the MSc in Forced Migration Studies, at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, Oxford, on 7 February 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Guest Speaker on ‘S. v Italy: Functional Jurisdiction and “Contactless” Control’, for the LLM in International Human Rights, at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland), on 7 February 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Guest Lecturer on ‘The Legal and Ethical Implications of Distance Creation’, for the Mobile People Seminar Series – ESRC Multi-disciplinary Doctoral Programme, at Queen Mary University of London, London, on 6 February 2019.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Speaker on: ‘The EU's “Embodied Border” Paradigm’, at a Public Seminar of Sussex Law School, Brighton, on 6 December 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Chair of: Legal Monism: Law, Philosophy and Politics, at the CEILA Book Forum by Dr Paul Gragl (QMUL), Queen Mary University of London, London, on 5 December 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘The IUVENTA Affair: Criminalising Solidarity Rescues at Sea’, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of the University of London, during the International Migration Film Festival, London, on 3 December 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘Contextualising Pullbacks by Italy and Libya’, at Genesis Cinema, during the International Migration Film Festival, London, on 2 December 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘SAROBMED-The SAR Observatory for the Mediterranean’ (video) 12’32’’, launching the network and database, at the LIBE Committee Hearing: SAR at Sea and Disembarkation Platforms, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 27 November 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Speaker on: ‘From Legal Pathways to Individual (Rights-based) Access to Asylum’, at the REINFORCE Conference: Regulation and Enforcement in the EU, Utrecht University, Utrecht (The Netherlands), on 22-23 November 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Accountability At Sea: Multi-actor Constellations in Maritime Migration’, at the ERC Workshop: Accountability for Human Rights Violations in Migration Control, hosted by the Refugee Studies Centre of the University of Oxford, Oxford, on 10 November 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax launched her monograph: ‘Accessing Asylum in Europe’, at the CEILA Book Forum by Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax (QMUL), Queen Mary University of London, London, on 2 November 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘SAROBMED: The Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean’, IMHRC Annual Conference: Maritime Business and Human Rights, hosted by Human Rights at Sea, London, on 29 October 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Refoulement by Proxy and “Remote Control”’, at the ESIL / ILS Conference: The EU as a Global Actor in Maritime Security, hosted by the University of Leiden, Leiden (The Netherlands), on 25-26 October 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘EU Humanitarian Visas: A State of Play’, at the Jean Monnet Conference: The international protection of refugees in Europe, hosted by the University of Pisa, Pisa (Italy), on 19 October 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Humanitarian Smuggling as Solidarity Crimes? The Limits of Legitimate Criminalisation’, at the CINETS International ConferenceCrimmigration at a Crossroads?, hosted by Queen Mary Law School, London, on 5-6 October 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Convener and Speaker on: ‘From Ship Seizures to Closed Ports in Italy and Malta’, SAROBMED Legal Workshop – State of Play of Pending Claims, European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Berlin (Germany), on 14 September 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘SAR NGOs as Human Rights Defenders’, at Die Linke Conference: Sea Rescue and Mediterranean Challenges, held at the German Bundestag, Berlin (Germany), on 13 September 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Accessing Asylum in Europe: The Depth and Breadth of Obstacles to Protection’, at the 3rd Annual Conference: Refugee Protection in a Hostile World? of the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London, London, on 18-19 July 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Convener and Moderator of: ‘Next steps and future strategy of the platform’ of the SAROBMED Meeting – Preparing for Public Launch, Berlin Social Innovation Lab, Berlin (Germany), on 14-15 July 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert on: ‘S. and Others v. Italy: Towards a Hirsi 2 Precedent’, Debate on the Interception of Migrants at Sea and the Policies of Pullbacks, ODYSSEUS Summer School, Brussels (Belgium), on 12 July 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘EU Humanitarian Visas: Legal Aspects’ (programme) (video), at the LIBE Hearing on the Visa Code and Humanitarian Visas, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 10 July 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered papers on: ‘General Principles of EU Law: Concept, Criteria, Context and Consequences’ (with K. Zielger and P. Neuvonen); ‘Is the “Autonomy” of the EU Legal Order a General Principle? Perspectives from EU and Public International Law’; and ‘Non-principles of EU Asylum Law? Of (In-)equality and (Relative) Fairness’, at the International Workshop – Constructing Legal Orders in Europe: The General Principles of EU Law, hosted by the University of Leicester, Leicester, on 29-30 June 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘Implications of the “closed port” policy of Italy and Malta’, at the S&D-GPF Conference: Main Challenges of EUROMED Cooperation, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 27 June 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Guest Lecturer on ‘Italian Responsibility for Libyan Mischief in the Mediterranean’, within the Jean Monnet Module on Immigration and Asylum Law of the University of Pisa, Pisa (Italy), on 22 June 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Human Dignity and the Right to Asylum’, at the International Conference – The Essence of Fundamental Rights in EU Law, hosted by the European Law Centre of the University of Leuven, Leuven (Belgium), on 17-18 May 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Convener and Speaker on: ‘Polishing the Members-only and Public-access Interfaces’, at the GUE/NGL Working Group - SAROBMED Mid-term Review Meeting, hosted by the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 14-15 May 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker for the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) on its joint submission with the Italian Association for Juridical Studies on Migration (ASGI) of S. and Others v. Italy, at the International Press Conference for the Launch of the Mare Clausum report and the ECtHR action against Italy, Rome (Italy), on 8 May 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Guest Lecturer on ‘Caring is Sharing: International Responsibility for Refugee Protection’, within the Seminar Series Under Siege: Human Rights and the Rule of Law of the Global Law Centre of the University of Leuven, Leuven (Belgium), on 23 April 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘Seizing the Opportunity of a (Truly) Global Compact for the Future’, at the S&D TOGETHER Event – Global Refugee and Migration Governance, Hamburg (Germany), on 12 April 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary speaker on: ‘From Cooperation to Complicity: EU-Sponsored Human Rights Abuses?’, S&D - GUE/NGL Public Hearing: EU-Libya Cooperation, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 21 March 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert on: ‘Policy Options Available to the Legislator’, at the Greens Public Hearing: Towards the Creation of EU Humanitarian Visas, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 20 March 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert on: ‘What is Next for the EU-Turkey Statement?’, at the Expert Workshop: The EU-Turkey Statement Two Years On – Lessons Learnt, hosted by the European Policy Centre (EPC), Brussels (Belgium), on 20 March 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Autonomy or Isolation? Recent CEAS Case Law’ (photos), at the iCourts Workshop in Asylum Law, hosted by the University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen (Denmark), on 9 March 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert on: ‘The Implications of “Remote Control” on the Rights of Migrants’, at the Expert Workshop on Return and Readmission Policies, hosted by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Geneva (Switzerland), on 6 March 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Towards the Hyper-Autonomization of EU Asylum Law’, at the 2018 Annual EU Law Conference of King’s College London Centre of European Law, London, on 2 March 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘SAROBMED: Need and Potentialities’ (pictures), at the S&D - GUE/NGL Public Hearing: Search and Rescue at Sea, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 27 February 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Convener and Speaker on: ‘Key Necessities and Key Features of the e-Platform’, at the GUE-/NGL Working Group - SAROBMED Kick-off Meeting, hosted by the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 26 February 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Why STC Transfers are Incompatible with International Refugee Law’ (video), at the Rapid Reaction Workshop – Deportations from Israel to Rwanda, of the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London, London, on 22 February 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Convener and Speaker on: ‘Asylum Visas after Case C-638/16 X and X’, at the OMNIA / ODYSSEUS Annual Policy Conference 2018, hosted by the Free University Brussels (ULB), Brussels (Belgium), on 1 February 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘The Role of Visas for Legal Avenues to Protection’ (podcast), at the Inter-parliamentary (EP-Nat Parliaments) Committee: The EU Agenda on Migration, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 24 January 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Convener and Moderator of: ‘UN Global Compact on Migration: What Role for International Law?’ the Annual Lecture by Prof Vincent Chetail (GIIDS) of the Immigration Law Programme of Queen Mary University of London, London, on 22 January 2018.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘“Othering” as De-subjectification and the Semi-dignity of (Unwanted) Migrants’, at the International Workshop: The ‘Others’ Among ‘Us’ – ‘Otherness’ and the Law, hosted by the Europa Institute of the University of Leiden, Leiden (The Netherlands), on 8-9 December 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Convener and Chair of: Voting Rights of Refugees, CEILA Book Forum by Dr Ruvi Ziegler (Reading), hosted by Queen Mary University of London, London, on 6 December 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘The Intersection between Externalised Controls and Refugee Rights’, at the GUE/NGL Public Hearing: EU’s Externalisation of Borders, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 5 December 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert: ‘SAROBMED Update: Libyan pull-backs at sea’, at the GUE/NGL-Civil Society Working Group – Brainstorming Meeting 3, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 4 December 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Chair of: Panel 4 - Palliative Jurisdiction and International Responsibility, at the CEILA Workshop: Jurisdiction in International Law, hosted by Queen Mary University of London, London, on 29 November 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary Speaker on: ‘The Migration Partnership Framework (MPF): Enhancing Containment’, at the LIBE Committee Hearing: Cooperation with Third Countries on Migration management, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 28 November 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Convener and Chair of: UNHCR at Work and as a Workplace, a View from the Inside, UNHCR Open Session by J.-F. Durieux, Immigration Law Programme of Queen Mary University of London, London, on 23 November 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Convener of Migration and Asylum Organisations Visit Queen Mary, Meet and Greet Event, Immigration Law Programme of Queen Mary University of London, London, on 15 November 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert on access to asylum (in-person participation and written contributions) at UNHCR Global Compact Thematic Discussions 4 & 5 – Durable Solutions / Overarching Issues, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva (Switzerland), on 14 November 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited speaker on: ‘Human Rights and Refugee Law Challenges’, at the Expert Workshop: External Asylum Reception Centres, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), Brussels (Belgium), on 13 November 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Solidarity as Framework Obligation in the International Legal Order’, at the White Rose Consortium Workshop: Understanding Solidarity Amid Refugee Crises, University of York, York, on 10 November 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Missing Links and Lost Opportunities: The Two Compacts on Migration and Refugees’, at the Workshop: The Global Governance of Migration: Perspectives from Canada and Europe, hosted by the Ryerson University, Toronto (Canada), on 3 November 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Speaker / Academia Representative on: ‘Legal Impediments to Extraterritorialisation’, at the Expert Workshop: Legal Pathways to Protection, UK House of Commons, London, on 27 October 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert: ‘Introducing the SAROBMED Initiative’, at the GUE/NGL-Civil Society Working Group – Brainstorming Meeting 2, hosted by the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 19 October 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited Expert on non-refoulement and STC (remote participation and written contributions), UNHCR Global Compact Thematic Discussions 2 & 3 – Large Movements of Refugees / Integration Support, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Geneva (Switzerland), on 17 October 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Plenary speaker: ‘The Right to Flee under the ECHR’, at the ESIL – ECtHR Annual Conference: The ECHR and Migration, held at the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg (France), on 6 October 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Convener and delivered a paper on: ‘The Building Blocs of a “Comprehensive Approach” to Search and Rescue at Sea’, at the Strategic Impact Workshop: Death at Sea and the Securitization of Search and Rescue, hosted by Queen Mary University of London, London, on 29 September 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Solidarity’s Reach: The Legal Dimension’, at the White Rose Consortium Workshop: Understanding Solidarity Amid Refugee Crises, hosted by the University of Leeds, Leeds, on 22 September 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Regional Responsibility Sharing – Re-thinking the CEAS’, at the International Workshop: Re-thinking Responsibility-Sharing, hosted by the Refugee Studies Centre of the University of Oxford, Oxford, on 18-19 September 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as Co-convener of: ‘Migration and The Diverse Unities of Law’, at the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) - 2017 Annual Conference (Migration Law Section), hosted by University College Dublin, Dublin (Ireland), on 5-6 September 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was invited speaker at the Special Roundtable on ‘Refugee Crisis’ and invited lecturer on the EU system at the Summer School on Migration and Human Rights convened by UNICRI Rome (Italy) on 11 July 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax contributed to the UNHCR Thematic Discussions - Global Compact on Refugees, Thematic Session 1 – Past and Current Burden- and Responsibility-sharing Schemes, as invited expert on solidarity (remote participation and written contribution), Geneva (Switzerland), on 10 July 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a paper: ‘Reversing the Rule of Law? From Effective Rights to Effective Removal’, at the ICON Annual Conference 2017, hosted by the University of Copenhagen (Denmark), on 5-7 July 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was invited speaker on: ‘Lessons and Pitfalls of the EU Relocation Programme 2015-17’ at the LIBE Committee Public HearingEU Agenda on Migration (Follow Up), held in the European Parliament (Belgium), on 22 June 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as keynote speaker at the Inter-NGO Meeting convened by Sea Watch: Human Rights: No Compromise, with a speech on ‘The Criminalisation of Refuge’, in Berlin (Germany), on 19-20 June 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was invited speaker on: ‘Migration in the EU: Between Human Rights and Flux Management’ at the FRAME Final Conference 2017: The EU and Human Rights, hosted by the Belgian Academy of Sciences, Brussels (Belgium), on 26 April 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was plenary speaker on: ‘EU-rope at Sea: Regulatory and Political Environment’ at the GUE/GNL Event: SAR and the Criminalisation of Humanitarian Assistance, held at the European Parliament, Brussels (Belgium), on 28-29 March 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax contributed a paper as invited speaker on: ‘Asylum Visas as an Obligation under EU Law’ to the OMNIA / ODYSSEUS Annual Policy Conference 2017, hosted by the European Commission, Brussels (Belgium), on 10 February 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a plenary speech at the closing round table: ‘Europa frente a la crisis de los refugiados’ at the Pasajeros Event Week 2017, held by the Region de Murcia Government, Murcia (Spain), on 2 February 2017.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was Invited expert on ‘The (EU) Crisis at Sea’ and CEAS reform package. At the SOLIMED Conference, part of the Cities of Welcome initiative, hosted by the Regional and Local Governments of Valencia, Valencia (Spain), on 25-27 November 2016.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was plenary speaker at closing round table on ‘What Fate for the EU Migration Area?’ at the Annual Conference of the German Migration Law Network, held in Stuttgart (Germany), on 11-13 November 2016.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax contributed as invited expert on access to international protection at the International Rescue Committee Workshop: Accelerating Legal Pathways from Greece, held in London, on 25 May 2016.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax participated as representative of academia at the Focus Group Discussion organised by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute, gathering key CEAS actors (ECRE / FRA / UNHCR), and leading to the Expert Study: A New Asylum Policy for Europe?. The event took place in Vienna (Austria), on 26 April 2016.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as panellist on ‘What Price Fortress Europe?’ alongside UNHCR, Amnesty International, and ILPA at the SBL / AML Conference: Do Refugees Have a Future in Europe?, held at Westminster Hall in London, on 12 December 2015.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a plenary speech on the Qualification Directive case law and shifts in interpretative approach at the EASO / CJEU Conference: Judging on the CEAS, hosted by the CJEU in Luxembourg, on 5-6 November 2015.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax delivered a plenary speech on EUNAVFOR Med and its IHL and human rights implications at the MARSAFENET Stakeholder Workshop: From Mare Nostrum to Triton, held in Naples (Italy), on 15 May 2015.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as invited speaker on the A Mediterranean perspective on migrant flows teaching week, launching the JMCEMigrants - Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in Migrants’ Rights in the Mediterranean, in Naples (Italy), on 11-15 May 2015.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax was invited as expert to the UNHCR High Commissioner's Dialogue on Protection Challenges 2014, held in Geneva (Switzerland), on 10-11 December 2014.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax presented to the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament the study co-authored with Professor Elspeth Guild, Dr Cathryn Costello, Madeline Garlick, and Minos Mouzourakis on New Approaches, Alternative Avenues and Means of Access to Asylum Procedures for Persons Seeking International Protection, in Brussels (Belgium), on 4 December 2014.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as expert plenary speaker, delivering an address on: ‘Developing Protection-Sensitive Migration Management Systems – The Rights and Obligations of States and Migrants at Sea’, as part of the Inter-Governmental International Workshop on: The Protection of Irregular Movement of Persons by Sea within the Special Conference on Irregular Movement of Persons Complementary to the Bali Process, hosted by the Government of Indonesia and UNHCR, held in Jakarta (Indonesia), on 21-22 April 2014.
  • Dr Moreno-Lax acted as facilitator for parallel session 5 on Early Warning, Preparedness and Crisis Management Mechanism & Dublin III and as Plenary Speaker on ‘Principled Implementation of CEAS instruments’ at the closing plenary of the 3rd Consultative Forum of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), held in Malta, on 27-28 November 2013.

 


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