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Announcement: Webinar “Human Rights of Migrants, COVID 19 and the ECHR” (2 June 2020)

May 26, 2020

We’re looking forward to the fourth webinar from the #HRvsCOVID series on 2 June 2020 (5 pm CET, 4 pm UK time). The webinar will address the question of the human rights of migrants in the context of COVID-19. Here is the announcement of the upcoming webinar:

 Human Rights of Migrants, COVID 19 and the ECHR 


2 June 2020

5 pm CET/4 pm BTS 

Governments all around the world have imposed immobility and social distancing measures as a way to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, yet responses in migration control have been highly varied.  While some borders and ports are closed, and some states have halted deportations and detention, other continue to deport unwanted migrants while they import seasonal workers. What implications does the pandemic and the responses thereto have for the human rights of migrants and refugees within and outside the borders of Europe? Does the European Court of Human Rights establish adequate standards to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees in the context of COVID 19?  Is the CJEU affording better protection, while the ECtHR indulges’ states migration control prerogatives? This webinar brings together legal experts to discuss the recent caselaw, including the recently delivered MN v. Belgium judgment. (if you wish to participate and ask questions, limited to 300 participants) (if you wish to follow the livestream)


Chairs: Prof  Başak Çalı (Centre for Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School) and Prof Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou (University of Liverpool)

Dr. Moritz Baumgartel ( University College Roosevelt)

Prof Cathyrn Costello (Oxford University)

Dr. Violeta Moreno Lax (Queens Mary University of London )

Minos Mouzourakis (Refugee Support Aegean)


The recorded version of the previous webinars are available here: Human Rights in the Time of Coronavirus, Council of Europe: The Conscience of Europe in a Time of Crisis and The State’s Positive Obligations under IHRL during the coronavirus outbreak


Update 03/06: you can rewatch the seminar here:


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