Research Webinar

Human Rights of Migrants, COVID 19 and the ECHR

Governments all around the world have imposed immobility and social distancing measures as a way to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, yet responses in migration control have been highly varied.  While some borders and ports are closed, and some states have halted deportations and detention, others continue to deport unwanted migrants while they import seasonal workers. What implications do the pandemic and the responses there to have for the human rights of migrants and refugees within and outside the borders of Europe? Does the European Court of Human Rights establish adequate standards to protect the human rights of migrants and refugees in the context of COVID-19?  Is the CJEU affording better protection, while the ECtHR indulges states' migration control prerogatives? This webinar brings together legal experts to discuss the recent case law, including the recently delivered MN v. Belgium judgement.

No prior registration is required. To join the webinar click on the following link (limited to 300 participants):

Human Rights of Migrants, COVID 19 and the ECHR

The event will be live-streamed via YouTube



Başak Çalı, Professor of International Law at the Hertie School and Director of the School's Centre for Fundamental Rights.

Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou, Professor in Human Rights Law and Director of the International Law and Human Rights Unit, University of Liverpool. 


Moritz Baumgärtel, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance of Utrecht University and at University College Roosevelt.

Cathryn Costello, Professor of Refugee and Migration Law at the University of Oxford. In July 2020 she will take up the Professorship of Fundamental Rights at the Hertie School and will be Co-Director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights.

Violeta Moreno Lax, Reader in Law and Founder of the Immigration Law Programme, Queen Mary University of London.


Minos Mouzourakis, Legal Officer at Refugee Support Aegean. 

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