Virginia Passalacqua


Virginia Passalacqua is a Ph.D. researcher in the Law Department of the European University Institute. She received her LL.M. from the EUI and from the University of Bologna. Her areas of interest are European Union law, constitutional law, migration and citizenship law. Her research focuses on legal mobilization for migrants’ rights before the Court of Justice of the European Union. In particular, she studies how EU law and procedures can be used by social movements, NGOs and activist lawyers to improve the situation of migrants in Europe.

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The ‘Open Arms’ case: Reconciling the notion of ‘place of safety’ with the human rights of migrants

The work of the NGOs rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean Sea has been the subject of much controversy. One of the most recent cases regards the NGO Proactiva Open Arms: it has been accused of smuggling migrants during rescue operations at sea, and its rescue ship was impounded by the Italian authorities.

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