Workshop on Advancing Extraterritorial Human Rights obligations in Migration (ETHRO)

Voor wie
Studenten , Medewerkers
Faculty Board Room, faculty of Law and Criminology (Voldersstraat 3, Ghent)
Door wie
Ruben Wissing

In this one-day strategizing workshop academic researchers and civil society experts exchange ideas on ETHROs and push the development of existing arguments and strategies.

The context

The phenomenon of migration has a unique link with the question of extraterritorial human rights obligations (ETHROs). Increasingly this extraterritoriality has become embedded in the design of legal frameworks as well as migration management and control policies. Some of the most recent examples are the EU-Turkey Statement, the UK-Rwanda Asylum Scheme, Denmark’s legal provisions on transfer and external processing of asylum seekers, the EU-Libya cooperation on search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean or the memorandum of understanding between the EU and Tunesia. The legitimacy of these policies is inextricably intertwined with the issue of States’ extraterritorial obligations for migrants’ and refugees’ human rights.


The workshop will consist of three parts: 

  1. Extraterritoriality as part of migration policies and migration-relevant research results from the Scientific Network on ETHROs in Practice  
  2. Jurisdictional Hooks: Drawing inspiration from other fields of law for potential attribution criteria of ETHROs in migration contexts  
  3. The way forward: Strategies to ensure accountability for ETHROs in migration

(for a more detailed program check out the website link above)

Some topics that will be considered during the day: 

How do existing and potential legal criteria for ETHROs relate to these ‘externalisation’ policies? Can human rights violations resulting from these policies be addressed adequately within the existing legal framework and case-law? Or do we need new lines of legal reasoning and strategic creativity to uphold human rights standards? Can migration law practitioners learn from other fields of law, such as humanitarian law, the law of the sea or climate law? How can access to effective remedies and (asylum) procedures be safeguarded when persons are kept out of the territory? What role can civil society actors play in holding states accountable? 


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