19/03/2024 – Jean Monnet EU Migration Law and Governance Lecture Series: “Intertwining Criminal Justice and Immigration Control in the EU”

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Date(s) - 19/03/24
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Faculty of Law, Bouillonstraat 1-3, Maastricht


Jean Monnet EU Migration Law and Governance Lecture Series

Niovi Vavoula, Jacob Öberg, Francesca Cancellaro, Lawyer and Johannes Keiler – Lecture Title : “Intertwining Criminal Justice and Immigration Control in the EU“.

Jean Monnet Lecture Series:

  • This freely accessible, hybrid, 3-year Jean Monnet lecture series (2024-2026) will feature scholars working on (areas connected with) migration law and governance from interdisciplinary and/or critical perspectives, as well as relevant policy-makers, civil society, and societal actors.

  • A number of lectures and debates provide insights to current legal and policy developments at EU level, such as the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. The series also features contributions on the interaction of EU migration law with international refugee, migration, statelessness, and human rights law. Finally, other talks provide novel conceptual insights to the study of migration, such as decolonial or interdisciplinary approaches.

  • The lecture series is convened by Dr. Lilian Tsourdi as part of the Jean Monnet Chair on EU Migration Law and Governance she holds at the Faculty of Law. The series is organised in cooperation with the research centers and groups MCELMACIMIDE and Glaw-NET

Second lecture on “Intertwining Criminal Justice and Immigration Control in the EU

We cordially invite you to the upcoming lecture of the Jean Monnet EU Migration Law and Governance Lecture Series.On 19 March our speakers are Niovi Vavoula (Chair in Cyber Policy, University of Luxembourg), Jacob Öberg (Full Professor in European Union Law, University of Southern Denmark), Francesca Cancellaro (Lawyer at Studio Legale Gamberini; Ass. Prof. University of Bologna) and Johannes Keiler (Ass. Professor in the Criminal Law Department, Maastricht University).  This session will be chaired and moderated by Prof. Mariolina Eliantonio (Maastricht University). 

This panel debates EU and national policies intertwining criminal and migration law. Criminal law strategies are increasingly imported to pre-empt and manage immigration in the EU. Criminalisation of migration broadly encompasses the entire arsenal of coercive measures stemming from the criminal justice system, including deprivation of liberty (detention), preventive policing, deportation of migrants convicted of criminal offences, and the creation of an array of criminal offences (‘status crimes’) for migrants’ non-compliance with immigration legislation. This contamination of immigration law with measures traditionally falling within the realm of criminal law has progressively established a hybrid ‘criminal-type’ system of immigration control, whereby criminal law lends enforcement agencies and tools to administrative law and provides a variety of sanctioning options. Panellists will critically analyse recent developments in terms of legislative initiatives, such as the European Commission proposals to amend the Facilitators’ Package, case law at national level, and strategic litigation initiatives. 

The series will take place physically and online. The Zoom link for the online sessions will be distributed later.

For more information and to register, click here.