EJIL Talk! blog symposium

The UN Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees: the Twin Peaks?

Blog symposium on EJIL:Talk!

The UN Global Compacts are a laboratory for the development of new models of cooperation in the governance of migration and refugee flows. At the same time, their symbolic power as instruments to be adopted at the universal level has raised expectancies that they may embody potential answers to the fragmentation of the international legal regime governing international migration, including forced mobility.
The UN Global Compacts are at the end of a two-year negotiation process: the Marrakech Conference will formally adopt the Global Compact on Migration in December 2018, whereas the UN General Assembly will, also by the end of 2018, endorse the Global Compact on Refugees. Nonetheless, the legal academic debate on their scope, content, pitfalls and innovations is still in its infancy. With a view to achieving a lively debate on the UN Global Compacts from a legal perspective, the ESIL Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law organised a blog symposium.

Links to the blog symposium contributions:

Introduction to the Symposium on ‘the UN Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees: The Twin Peaks?’ by Kristof Gombeer, Tamás Molnár, Tom Syring, Daniela Vitiello

Legislating by Compacts? The Legal Nature of the Global Compacts by Maria Gavouneli

“We are tidying up”: The Global Compact on Migration and its Interaction with International Human Rights Law by Andrea Spagnolo

Governance and the UN Global Compact on Migration: Just another Soft Law Cooperation Framework or a New Legal Regime governing International Migration? by Marion Panizzon and Daniela Vitiello

Back to Square One or a New Blueprint has been Found for the ‘Refugee’ Definition? by Ülkü Sezgi Sözen