Panel discussion

The Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law of the European Society of International Law, the Centre for Migration Law of the Radboud University Nijmegen and the Amsterdam Center for International Law of the University of Amsterdam are pleased to announce ‘Heading to Europe: Safe Haven or Graveyard?’, a panel discussion on migration by sea in the Mediterranean. The panel discussion will be held on 16 May 2014 at the Radboud University Nijmegen (CPO-zaal, Spinozagebouw, Montessorilaan 3, Nijmegen).

The year of 2013 has demonstrated that the tragedy of thousands of migrants and refugees drowning on the shores of Europe is now a common occurrence.  The fate of those who perished near the Italian island of Lampedusa has brought the urgency of the situation into focus. The aim of the panel discussion is to provide an overview of the legal rules and processes applicable to migration by sea in the Mediterranean and to reflect on their wider sociological implications.

The panel discussion consists of two panels, each followed by a plenary discussion. In the first panel, legal experts working in the field of academia and at stakeholder organizations (e.g. UN Refugee Agency, Council of Europe, European Union) focus on legal aspects of boat migration in the Mediterranean. The second panel brings together scholars and practitioners with first-hand experience from transit countries to discuss the sociological effects of the legal rules and processes. Click here for the complete program, and here for more information on the panelists.

The organizing partners cordially invite interested scholars, governments officials, practitioners and advanced students to join in the panel discussion ‘Heading to Europe: Safe Haven or Graveyard?’. Active participation in the discussion is strongly encouraged. Participation is free of charge. For participation, please register at the bottom of this page. The deadline for registration is Tuesday 13 May 2014. For inquiries, please contact Lisa-Marie Komp at


7 Responses to Panel discussion

  1. Pingback: Panel Discussion: “Heading to Europe: Safe Haven or Graveyard?,” Radboud University Nijmegen, 16 May | MIGRANTS AT SEA

  2. Hillary M says:


    Will a recording of this be made available? I would love to attend / hear the panel discussion, but am located in the US. If there are any options / reading materials panelists might recommend, or other ways that non-attendees can inform themselves about this topic, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


    • Coordinating Committee says:

      Hi Hillary,

      Thank you for the interest! The panel discussion will not be recorded, However, there are tentative plans to publish the speakers’ contributions. I will keep you updated on this.

      Coordinating Committee
      Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law

  3. Lamin PS says:

    Shortly after sending interest to attend, I receive a message that a Gambian migrant was burnt to death by Libyan fascist (Anti-Blacks). One of the key social implications encountered by many ahead of the journey to their destination aside from anticipated ones. Sad story draining the life of many young Africans.

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