The aim of the conference is to critically assess the role humanitarian visas may play in the search for the appropriate balance between efficient border management and human rights protection, and how achieving this balance can be reconciled within the external dimension of the current EU migration and asylum policy. In other words, can humanitarian visas, in one or another way, help overcome that tension and, if so, under what conditions?
Three panels are convened. The first panel will focus on the international and European legal obligations that are binding both to the EU and to the Member States, and the constraints they put – potentially and effectively – on the externalisation of the EU’s migration and asylum policy. It is intended to assess and reflect on the extent to which Member States maintain their discretionary power when it comes to (the protection of) migrants who are (still) outside Europe. This will imply to address fundamental questions of EU law, such as the scope of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. The second panel will focus on the domestic situation in three Member States and an associated State in particular (Germany, Belgium and Switzerland): does the law provide for delivery of humanitarian visas and, if so, what are the practices? The aim is to get a better understanding of State practices with regard to humanitarian visas. The third panel is future oriented; the aim is to engage in a discussion on the role of humanitarian visas in the further development of an EU migration and asylum policy, in particular when it comes to its external dimension. Building on the conclusions of the first two panels on legal certainties and uncertainties, participants are invited to reflect on the future of European migration policies towards migrants who seek to reach EU territory.
François Crépeau, Professor in the Law Faculty at McGill University and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants, will introduce the discussions on the third panel with a keynote speech on how humanitarian visas may contribute to new forms of international migration and asylum governance.
As part of the conference, the University of Halle-Wittenberg organizes an evening event at the law faculty, from 19.00 till 20.00. Professor Crépeau will take the floor to present his vision on the future of migration governance in the context of the ongoing negotiations on the global compacts on asylum and migration, which he contributed to launch in his capacity as UN Special Rapporteur for the Human Rights of Migrants.
Speakers for this workshop are invited by the organisers. If you are interested in joining the workshop, please register with Silke Schmidt (firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 14th at the latest. Please also mention whether you will assist the public lecture at the University or not.
Source: MPI, Link (2 May 2018)