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

Violeta

Senior Lecturer in Law

Email: v.moreno-lax@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 7040
Room Number: Mile End
Website: https://qmul.academia.edu/VioletaMorenoLax

Profile

Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax is Senior Lecturer in Law, founding Director of the 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. She is also Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Fellow of the Centre of European Law of King’s College London, EU Asylum Law Coordinator at the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London, Co-Chair of The Refugee Law Observatory, Co-convener of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Migration Law Section, as well as member of the Steering Committee of the Migration Law Network.

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 Macquarie and New South Wales (2016-17), 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, including her recent monograph: Accessing Asylum Europe: Extraterritorial Border Controls and Refugee Rights Under EU Law (Oxford: OUP, 2017) 624 pp. And she regularly acts as expert consultant for the EU institutions and other organisations active in the field.

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, 2017), 624 pp
  • EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd, 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, 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, (2016) 35(1) Oxford Yearbook of European Law 455-711
  • ‘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, 2016), 462 pp
  • Human Rights in the Web of Governance: Towards a learning-based fundamental rights policy for the European Union, De Schutter and V. Moreno-Lax (eds), (Brussels: Bruylant, 2010), 322 pp.

Peer-reviewed articles

  • (with D. Ghezelbash, N. Klein and B. Opeskin) ‘Securitization of Search and Rescue at Sea: The Response to “Boat Migration” in the Mediterranean and Offshore Australia’ (under review).
  • ‘Solidarity’s Reach: Meaning, Dimensions and Implications for EU (External) Asylum Policy’, Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law (accepted / forthcoming)
  • ‘The EU Humanitarian Border and the Securitization of Human Rights: The “Rescue-through-Interdiction/Rescue-without-Protection” Paradigm’ Journal of Common Market Studies (accepted / 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) (2016) 35(1) Oxford Yearbook of European Law 455-470
  • ‘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: 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)
  • ‘Introduction to G.S. Goodwin-Gill: The Refugee in International Law (Clarendon Press, 1983)’, in BIICL (eds), British Influences on International Law (BIICL/Martinus Nijhoff, in print)
  • (with M. Giuffré) ‘The Rise of Consensual Containment: From “Contactless Control” to “Contactless Responsibility” for Forced Migration Flows’, in Juss (ed), Research Handbook on International Refugee Law (Edward Elgar, in print), SSRN: <https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3009331>.
  • (with Papastavridis) ‘The Bases of a New Paradigm’, in V. Moreno-Lax and E. Papastavridis (eds), ‘Boat Refugees’ and Migrants at Sea: A Comprehensive Approach (Leiden/Boston: Brill, 2016), 1-16
  • ‘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. [Young Researcher Odysseus Prize]
  • (with M. Garlick), ‘The Qualification Directive’, in S. Peers, V. Moreno-Lax, M. Garlick and E. Guild (eds), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, 2nd, 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, 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, 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, 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)
  • 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]. Thesis: Shared Responsibility in the context of Extraterritorialised/Privatised Migration Controls
  • Kathryn Alinson [2016 Open Studentship Awardee]. Thesis: Causing Refugee Flows: An Inquiry on Third State Responsibility
  • Nicolette Busuttil [2016 Open Studentship Awardee]. Thesis: To Protect, Tolerate or Expel? International Protection Obligations towards Mentally-ill Migrants Facing Deportation.

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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