IG in Athens (Sept. ’19)


Children in the context of migration and asylum:

A further layer of legal standards limiting state sovereignty?


ESIL Interest Group on Migration and Refugee Law Pre-conference Event on the margins of the 15th ESIL Annual Conference entitled ‘Sovereignty: a Concept in Flux?

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Athens, Greece

Room 3 in the University Building, Academias Str. 45





9:00 – 9:10  Tamás Molnar & Kristof Gombeer (IG MigRefLaw)

Welcome and introduction to the workshop

9:10 – 9:30  Eric Fripp (Barrister, Lamb Building; London School of Advanced Study, University of London)

The interaction of international refugee law and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, including in instances of persecutory harms relating to nationality (including statelessness) or identity

9:30 – 9:50 Kristie A. Bluett (Human rights attorney formerly based on the Greek islands)

How the Convention on the Rights of the Child’s best interests principle limits state sovereignty in asylum determinations and deportations

9:50 – 10:10  Rosana Garciandia (King’s College London)

The international obligation of states to prevent trafficking in migrant children: a limitation to sovereignty?

10:10 – 10.40  Discussion

10:40 – 11.00  Coffee break

11:00 – 11:20 Nikolett Takács (University of Miskolc)

Detention of migrant children with special regard to the asylum context

11:20 – 11:40 Cristiano D’Orsi (University of Johannesburg)

Possible shortcomings in the protection of foreign children in Africa: sovereignty at its worst

11:40 – 12.10  Discussion


12:20 – 13:00  Annual business meeting IG MigRefLaw