Public event

Hard (EU) Law through Soft Courts?

This webinar is organised by the Centre for Migration Law (CMR)Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Onderzoekcentrum voor Staat en Recht and the RefMig project ‘Refugees are Migrants – Refugee Mobility, Recognition and Rights’

How is the prohibition of refoulement interpreted by United Nations Treaty Bodies UNTBs in their individual decision-making? Do UNTBs act as 'soft courts' that are more progressive interpreters than hard courts? This webinar - organised by the Centre for Migration Law Radboud University and the RefMig project - will discuss the ‘Pushing Upwards’ of Non-Refoulement Cases to UNTBs and the implications of this for accountability. Cathryn Costello, Professor of Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School, Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights and the Principal Investigator of RefMig, will discuss the findings of her joint research with Başak Çalı, Professor of International Law at the Hertie School and Co-Director of the School's Centre for Fundamental Rights. on non-refoulement before UNTBs, published earlier this year in the German Law Journal.

Please register before 20 June by emailing Charley Berndsen:
The link to the webinar will be sent following registration. After registration you will also receive, for personal use, two publications on the topic of this seminar:

  • Başak Çalı, Cathryn Costello and Stewart Cunningham, Hard Protection through Soft Courts? Non-Refoulement before the United Nations Treaty Bodies, German Law Journal (2020), 21, pp. 355–384
  • Karin Zwaan: H5 Urgency in Expulsion Cases Before the European Court of Human Rights and the UN-Committees: A Bird’s Eye View, in : Eva Rieter and Karin Zwaan (eds), Urgency and Human Rights. The Protective Potential and Legitimacy of Interim Measures, Den Haag: Asser Press 2021.p. 135-160

Please find the full programme here