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Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax, LLB/LLM (Murcia); MA (College of Europe); Post-graduate Certificate (ULB); PhD (Louvain); PGCAP (Queen Mary)

Lecturer in Law

email: v.moreno-lax@qmul.ac.uk
Website: https://qmul.academia.edu/VioletaMorenoLax
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7040

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Violeta Moreno-Lax

Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax is Lecturer in Law, inaugural Director (2014-16) and co-founder of the LLM in Immigration Law programme, and inaugural Co-Director (2014-16) and co-founder of the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). She is also EU Asylum Law Coordinator at the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London, Co-Chair of The Refugee Law Observatory, Convener of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Migration Law Section, as well as member of the Steering Committee of the Migration Law Network. Since January 2016, she is part of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Migration and Law. And since March 2016, she is a Fellow of the High Education Academy. She regularly collaborates with JMCEMigrants, the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Migrants’ Rights in the Mediterranean coordinated by L’Orientale University of Naples, and the ODYSSEUS Academic Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe, especially through the OMNIA project (2015-18), with both of which she has concluded an institutional partnership on behalf of Queen Mary.

Before coming to Queen Mary, she was a Lecturer in Law at the Universities of Liverpool (2012-13) and Oxford (2011-12). She has held visiting positions at the Universities of Oxford (2010-12), Nijmegen (2009-10), and The Hague Academy of International Law (Research Session 2010). She has published widely in the areas of international and European refugee and migration law and acted as expert consultant for the EU institutions and other organisations active in the field. Her monograph, Accessing Asylum Europe: Extraterritorial Border Controls and Refugee Rights Under EU Law, is forthcoming with OUP. For further details of her publications, please, consult her Academia page.

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Research

Dr Moreno-Lax is generally interested in:

  • International and European refugee law and migration studies;
  • Public international law, specially the study of jurisdiction, responsibility of States and international organisations, and the law of treaties;
  • EU law, with a particular focus on constitutional foundations and general principles, external relations and the external aspects of border and migration policy, EU citizenship, the free movement of persons, and justice and home affairs;
  • Human rights, including regional systems of protection and the philosophical foundations of individual liberties.  

Research projects

Dr Moreno-Lax leads / is involved in a number of collaborative and externally funded research projects, including:

Publications

Books and Monographs

  • Accessing Asylum in Europe: Extraterritorial Border Controls and Refugee Rights under EU Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  • EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd Ed., Vol. 3 (Asylum), co-authored and co-edited with S. Peers, M. Garlick and E. Guild (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015), 682 pp
  • EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd Ed., Vol. 2 (Immigration), co-authored and co-edited with S. Peers, E. Guild, D. Acosta, and K. Groenendijk (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012), 572 pp.

Edited volumes

  • Research Handbook on General Principles of EU Law, K. Ziegler, V. Moreno-Lax and P. Neuvonen (eds), (Edward Elgar, under contract)
  • Beyond Pluralism: Co-implication, Embeddedness and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law, P. Gragl and V. Moreno-Lax (eds), Special Issue, Oxford Yearbook of European Law (forthcoming)
  • ‘Boat Refugees’ and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach. Integrating Maritime Security with Human Rights, V. Moreno-Lax and E. Papastavridis (eds), (Leiden/Boston: Brill, in print)
  • Human Rights in the Web of Governance: Towards a learning-based fundamental rights policy for the European Union, O. De Schutter and V. Moreno-Lax (eds), (Brussels: Bruylant, 2010), 322 pp.

Peer reviewed articles

  • ‘The Co-option of Human Rights and the “Non-Life” of Boat Refugees’ Journal of Common Market Studies (in progress)
  • ‘From Elgafaji to Qurbani: Towards a Hyper-Autonomy of EU Asylum Law?’, Common Market Law Review (in progress)
  • (with D. Ghezelbash, N. Klein and B. Opeskin) ‘The Securitisation of Search and Rescue at Sea: “Boat Migration” Management in Australia and the EU Compared’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly (in progress)
  • (with E. Guild, C. Costello and M. Garlick) ‘Enhancing the CEAS: “Dublin without Coercion” and Access to Protection’, Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law (forthcoming)
  • (with P. Gragl) ‘Introduction: Towards a New Rationale?’, in Beyond Pluralism: Co-implication, Embeddedness and Interdependency between Public International Law and EU Law (Special Issue), Oxford Yearbook of European Law (forthcoming)
  • ‘Systematising Systemic Integration: “War Refugees”, Regime Relations, and a Proposal for a Cumulative Approach to International Commitments’ (2014) 12(5) Journal of International Criminal Justice 907-929 [shortlisted for the JICJ Prize]
  • Hirsi v Italy or the Strasbourg Court v Extraterritorial Migration Control?’ (2012) 12(3) Human Rights Law Review 574-598
  • ‘Dismantling the Dublin System: M.S.S. v Belgium and Greece’ (2012) 14(1) European Journal of Migration and Law 1-31
  • ‘Beyond Saadi v UK: Why the “Unnecessary” Detention of Asylum Seekers is Inadmissible under EU Law’ (2011) 5(2) Human Rights and International Legal Discourse 166-206
  • ‘Seeking Asylum in the Mediterranean: Against a Fragmentary Reading of EU Member States’ Obligations Accruing at Sea’ (2011) 23(2) International Journal of Refugee Law 174-220
  • ‘The EU Regime on Interdiction, Search and Rescue, and Disembarkation: The Frontex Guidelines for Intervention at Sea’ (2010) 25(4) The International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law 621-635
  • ‘Must EU Borders Have Doors for Refugees? On the Compatibility of Visas and Carrier Sanctions with Member States’ Obligations to Provide International Protection to Refugees’ (2008) 10(3) European Journal of Migration and Law 315-364.

Book chapters

  • ‘Do International Organisations have “Jurisdiction” under International Law? Distinguishing Sovereignty from other Forms of Derived Power’, in M. Fitzmaurice et al. (eds), Oxford Handbook of Jurisdiction in International Law (Oxford University Press, under contract)
  • ‘Migration as a Crime’, in V. Mitsilegas and S. Hufnagel (eds), Research Handbook on Transnational Crime (Edward Elgar, under contract)
  • (with E. Papastavridis) ‘Tracing the Bases of an Integrated Paradigm for Maritime Security and Human Rights at Sea’, in V. Moreno-Lax and E. Papastavridis (eds), ‘Boat Refugees’ and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach (Brill, in print)
  • ‘Introduction to G.S. Goodwin-Gill, The Refugee in International Law (Clarendon Press, 1983)’, in BIICL (eds), British Influences on International Law (BIICL/Brill, in print)
  • ‘The Legality of the “Safe Third Country” Notion Contested: Insights from the Law of Treaties’, in G.S. Goodwin-Gill and P. Weckel (eds), Migration & Refugee Protection in the 21st Century: Legal Aspects - The Hague Academy of International Law Centre for Research (Leiden/Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 2015) 665-721
  • (with M. Garlick), ‘The Qualification Directive’, in S. Peers, V. Moreno-Lax, M. Garlick and E. Guild (eds), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd Ed., Vol. 3 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015) 65-210
  • (with E. Guild), ‘The Reception Conditions Directive’, in S. Peers, V. Moreno-Lax, M. Garlick and E. Guild (eds), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd Ed., Vol. 3 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015) 497-570
  • ‘The External Dimension of the Common European Asylum System’, in S. Peers, V. Moreno-Lax, M. Garlick and E. Guild (eds), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd Ed., Vol. 3 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2015) 617-674
  • (with C. Costello), ‘The Extraterritorial Application of the Charter: From Territoriality to Facticity, the Effectiveness Model’, in S. Peers et al (eds), Commentary on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014) 1657-1683
  • ‘Of Autonomy, Autarky, Purposiveness and Fragmentation: The Relationship between EU Asylum Law and International Humanitarian Law’, in J.-F. Durieux and D. Cantor (eds), Refuge from Inhumanity: Enriching Refugee Protection Standards through Recourse to Humanitarian Law (Boston/Leiden: Brill, 2014) 295-341
  • ‘Life after Lisbon: EU Asylum Policy as a Factor of Migration Control’, in D. Acosta and C. Murphy (eds), EU Justice and Security Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2014) 146-167
  • ‘Frontex as a Global Actor: External Relations with Third Countries and International Organisations’, in M. Dony (ed.), The External Dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice (Brussels: Presses de l’ULB, 2012) 163-184
  • ‘Carrier Sanctions’, in S. Peers, E. Guild, D. Acosta, K. Groenendijk and V.  Moreno-Lax (eds), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd Ed., Vol. 2 (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2012) 336-356
  • ‘The External Dimension of the Common European Asylum System after Stockholm’, in C. Gortázar Rotaeche et al. (eds), European Migration and Asylum Policies: Coherence or Contradiction? (Brussels: Bruylant, 2012) 103-112
  • ‘(Extraterritorial) Entry Controls and (Extraterritorial) Non-Refoulement in EU Law’, in P. De Bruycker, M.-C. Foblets, and M. Maes (eds), The External Dimensions of EU Asylum and Immigration Policy (Brussels: Bruylant, 2011) 385-451.

Book reviews

  • V. Chetail, P. De Bruycker, and F. Maiani (eds), Reforming the CEAS, Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2016, ISBN: 9789004308657, European Law Review (in preparation)
  • T. Gammeltoft-Hansen, Access to Asylum, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011, ISBN: 9781107003477, (2013) 26(2) Journal of Refugee Studies 318-319
  • M. den Heijer, Europe and Extraterritorial Asylum, Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2012, ISBN: 9781849462709, (2013) 27(2) Journal of Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Law 184-186
  • M. Geiger and A. Pécoud (eds.), The Politics of International Migration Management, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2010, ISBN: 9780230272583, (2012) 25(1) Journal of Refugee Studies 166-167
  • Hurwitz, The Collective Responsibility of States to Protect Refugees, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-19-927838-1, (2010) 12(1) European Journal of Migration and Law 133-142.

PhD Supervision

Dr Moreno-Lax welcomes proposals for postgraduate supervision in the fields of EU and international law, migration, refugee law, and human rights.

Dr Moreno-Lax is currently supervising:

  • Ceren Mutus Toprakseven [2015 Open Studentship Awardee]
  • Kathryn Alinson [2016 Open Studentship Awardee]
  • Nicolette Busuttil [2016 Open Studentship Awardee]

Public engagement

Dr Moreno-Lax has acted as expert consultant for the European institutions, and as legal advisor for a number of governmental and non-governmental organisations active in the area of refugee and migrant rights. She is also regularly invited to deliver expert and keynote speeches in her areas of expertise.

Expert studies and briefing papers

Expert speaker and keynote appearances


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