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Covid-19: Italy is not a “place of safety” anymore. Is the decision to close Italian ports compliant with human rights obligations?

The Inter-ministerial Decree n. 150 of 7 April 2020 of the Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, in agreement with the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Interior and…

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The ECtHR on Disembarkation of Rescued Refugees and Migrants at Greek Hotspots

The storm-tossed question of disembarking rescued refugees and migrants The pressure of mass migration in the Mediterranean on EU sea-border states calls for other member states…

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An Unforeseen Pandora’s Box? Absolute Non-Refoulement Obligations under Article 5 of the ILC Draft Articles on Crimes Against Humanity

Introduction In 2013, the International Law Commission (ILC) added to its long-term work programme the topic of a convention on the prevention and punishment of crimes…

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The IOM’s New Status and its Role under the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration: Pause for Thought

On 8 July 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus the Agreement Concerning the Relationship between the UN and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) (the…

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Will the Global Compact on Refugees Address the Gap in International Refugee Law Concerning Burden Sharing?

Introduction There are 65.6 million forcibly displaced persons including over 22.5 million refugees in the world. According to UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), 10 states…

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Offshore Processing and Complicity in Current EU Migration Policies (Part 2)

In the first part of our blog post we reconstructed a complex web of migration policies that indicate a shift towards offshore processing of asylum claims in…

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Offshore Processing and Complicity in Current EU Migration Policies (Part 1)

It has certainly been a busy summer in terms of developments in European Union (EU) migration policies. From an intensification of cooperation…

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