Melanie Fink


Melanie Fink is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Leiden University. She holds a PhD from the Universities of Leiden and Vienna (2017, ‘cotutelle de thèse’). Melanie’s main research interests include questions of responsibility in multi-level and multi-actor contexts, the protection and enforcement of human rights in international and EU law, and the EU’s role in migration, border control, and maritime law enforcement.

Recently Published

The Aquarius incident: navigating the turbulent waters of international law

Between Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 June, 629 migrants were rescued from overcrowded boats in the Central Mediterranean in search and rescue (SAR) operations carried out by NGOs and the Italian navy. They were taken on board by the Aquarius, a rescue vessel operated by the German NGO SOS Méditerranée and flying the flag of Gibraltar. On…

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Salami Slicing Human Rights Accountability: How the European Border and Coast Guard Agency may inherit Frontex’ genetic defect

Salami slicing is the exercise of dividing one salami sausage into many smaller pieces in the shape of slices. Slices have some advantages over the whole piece. Figuratively speaking, actions that are illegal or difficult to achieve as a whole may become easier, legal, or harder to detect if ‘sliced’ into a series of small actions. The…

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Protecting Europe or Irregular Migrants? The (Mis)use of Force in the Mediterranean

On Monday 11 May Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, officially briefed the UN Security Council on the current crisis in Europe. The crisis relates to the sharp increase of fatalities of individuals trying to cross the Mediterranean in order to reach European shores. The International Organization for…

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