EU MIGRATION LAW AND POLICY
 
 
 
BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE COURSE

EU Migration Law and Policy Leaflet

 
TIME AND VENUE
Tuesdays at 10.00, Cirilometodska 4, lecture room no. IV, ground floor (unless changes are provided in advance of the class)
 
LECTURER
 
READING 
1) S. Peers, EU Justice and Home Affairs law, Oxford, 2011
2) S. Peers, E. Guild, D. Acosta, K. Groenendijk and V. M. Lax (eds.), EU Immigration and Asylum Law (Text and Commentary): Second Revised Edition, Vol. 1 and 2, Brill, 2012
3) K. Hailbronner (ed.), EU Immigration and Asylum Law, Beck, Munich, 2010
 
AN OVERVIEW OF ALL EXISTING ACQUIS IN THE FIELD OF MIGRATION AND ASYLUM CAN BE FOUND AT:

 

OTHER USEFUL SITES OF SPECIFIC ORGANISATIONS:
 
 
COURSE REQUIREMENTS
1) class presentation - 40% of the grade
2) take-home open-book exam (essay on a given topic or solving of a hypothetical case) - 40% of the grade
2) regular attendance - 20% of the grade
 
 
 
 

LIST OF UNITS AND SPECIFIC READING MATERIALS FOR EACH UNIT

Unit 1 – Introduction

Tuesday, 10 October, 10.00 am, Cirilometodska 4, classroom no. IV (ground floor)

Learning objectives:
Get to know each other, get an overview of the course requirements and topics to be covered during the course.
Discuss the dynamics of EU migration discourse and its gradual politicization and securitisation. Understand the main issues that influence the development and integration of the relevant topics (migration, asylum, visa, residence and faimily reunification of third country nationals, etc.) into EU law. Become aware of the sensitivity of these topics and the need to balance human rights protection and state interestes. Become exposed to relevant terminology and different perspectives of the problems in the area of EU migration and aylum law and policy by watching the ECRE documentary on refugees "How Much Further".
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                        
Materials:

 

 

UNIT 2 - The State of Play of EU Asylum Law - Dublin and Fundamental Rights  

Tuesday, 17 October 10.00, Cirilometodska 4, classroom no. IV (ground floor)

Learning objectives:
Learn and understand the functioning of the EU asylum system; undersand the Dublin system establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection logded in one of the Member States by a third-country national or a stateless person; discuss the existing EU asylum law in the context of the recent refugee inflows                                             
 
Materials: 
  • Additional materials to be distributed in class
Please read before class:
Please skim through before class:
Dublin III (Recast)                                                                                                     

 

UNIT 3 - The State of Play of EU Asylum Law - EU Response to Refugee Inflows

Tuesday, 24 October 10.00, Cirilometodska 4, classroom no. IV (ground floor)

Learning objectives:                                                                                                                                    
Learn and understand the mechanisms the EU has undertaken as a response to the refugee influx in the past several years, culminating in 2015 and problematize the alignment of these mechanisms with the EU and international refugee standards.                                                                                   
 
Materials:
  • Additional materials to be distributed in class
Please read before class:

                                                                                                      

 

 

UNIT 4 - The Legal Epilogue of the Refugee Crisis and the Principle of Solidarity

Visiting lecture: Prof. dr. sc. Siniša Rodin, Judge, Court of Justice of the European Union

Tuesday, 31 October 10.00, Cirilometodska 4, classroom no. IV (ground floor)

The Legal Epilogue of the Refugee Crisis and the Principle of Solidarity

Prof. dr. sc. Siniša Rodin, Judge, Court of Justice of the European Union                                                                                           

 

  Please read before class:

  

 

 

                                                                                                    

 

UNIT 5 - Family Reunification of EU Citizens

Tuesday, 7 November 10.00, Cirilometodska 4, classroom no. IV (ground floor)

Learning objectives:
Understand the status of third-country national family members of EU citizens according to the case-law of the Court of Justice, Treaty provisions and Directive 2004/38 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States.
 

Materials:

  • Additional materials to be distributed in class

 
Please read the following cases:
   
- Materails distributed in class
- Books (listed in the alternative):
a) P. Craig and G. de Burca, EU Law, OUP, Oxford, 2003; pp. 739-744
b) C. Barnard, The Substantive Law of the EU, OUP, Oxford, 2005.; pp. 284-290 
                                                                                                                                                

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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Immigration for Purposes of Work and Study

Ćirilometodska 4, classroom no. IV (ground floor) 

 

Learning objectives:

Learn and understand the scope of rights granted by EU law to third-counry nationals for purposes of work and study.

 

Please read before class:

Case C-15/11 Leopold Sommer

Case C-491/13 Ali Ben Alaya

 

 

Please skim through before class (optional):

a) Directive 2005/71 on a specific procedure for admitting TCNs for the purpose of scientific research

b) Directive 2004/114 on the conditions of admission of TCNs for the purpose of studies, pupil exchange, unrenumerated training or voluntary service

c) Directive 2009/50 on the conditions of entry and residence of TCNs for the purpose of highly qualified employment (The Blue Card Directive)

d) Directive 2011/98 on a single applcation procedure for a single permit for TCNs to reside and work in th territory of a MS (EU Single Permit Directive)                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

 

Evolution and Institutional Framework  - Cirilometodska 4, classroom no. IV (ground floor)

 

Learning objectives:
Understand the evolution, instututional framework and normative issues of EU migration law and policy. Understand how its evolution has turned this area into a core EU policy. Understand who are the actors and what are the legal instruments available to build a common EU migration and asylum policy.
 
Questions for reflection and discussion:

1) What are the objectives of EU involvement in migration and asylum law?

2) Does it aim at human rights protection, further internal market integration or establishment of Fortress Europe?

3) Is the EU involvement in migration and asylum law raising or lowering standards in practice?

Extra reading (optional):
S. Peers, EU Justice and Home Affairs law, Oxford, 2011, pp. 4-96
 

 

 

Unit 3 – External Borders Control and Abolition of Internal Border Controls  Cirilometodska 4, classroom no. IV (ground floor)

Learning objectives:
Learn and understand the functioning of the Schengen system by looking at the relevant Treaty provisions and Regulation 562/2006 (Schengen Borders Code); understand the entry conditions to the Schengen territory for TCNs by analysing and discussing the case-studies from the Schengen Handbook; understand the functioning of the local border traffic based on Regulation 1931/2006. Learn and understand the functioning of the Schengen system by looking at the Schengen Evaluation Mechanism, FRONTEX and other mechanisms enabling the external borders control. Get acquainted with the recent legislative proposals in the area of external borders control - the EUROSUR proposal, the Smart Borders and the proposed revision of Schengen. Discuss relevant cases of the Court of Justice of the European Union and the ECtHR.
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                 
 
 
UNIT 4 - The Concept of a "Refugee" in EU Law Cirilometodska 4, classroom no. IV (ground floor)
 
 
 Learning objectives:
 Learn and understand who qualifies as a refugee in EU law, the elements of this definition and the difference with the   subsidiary protection status. Understand the relationship between, on one side,  the international protection status  awarded in the EU  pursuant to the provisions of the EU Qualification Directive, and on the other side, the Geneva 
 Convention and the principle of non-refoulement
 
  Please read before class: 
     - read Introductory Note, Preamble and Article 1, skim through the rest
 2) Directive 2011/95 (Qualification Directive, recast version of Directive 2004/83
     - read Articles 2. a-i, 9-13, 15 and 21, skim through the rest
 3) Case C-31/09 Bolbol
 4) Joined Cases C-199-201/12 X, Y & Z
 
 Additional reading (optional):
 5) Joined Cases C-148-150/13 A, B & C
 6) Joined Cases C-57/09 & C-101/09 B & D
 7) Joined Cases C‑71/11 and C‑99/11 Y & Z 
                                                                                                                                                                                 
There will be no lecture on 20 January.
 
 

UNIT 9  - Legal Protection of Climate Migrants  AND Practice of Legal Analysis as Exam Preparation

Ćirilometodska 4, classroom no. IV (ground floor) 
 
 
Learning objectives:
Learn and understand who is a climate migrant. Learn and practice legal analysis as exam preparation.
                                                                                
 
Materials:
As a preparation for this class, please revise and bring the materials used in Unit 4 - The concept of a refugee in EU law. Furthermore, please read the following texts:
 
 
                                                                                                                                                                                 
 

 



Family Reunification of TCNs 

 
 
Learning objectives:
Learn and understand the family reunification rights of third-country nationals.  
                                                                                
 
Please skim through before class:
 
                                                                                                                                                                                 
 
 

 

EU Visa Policy
 
Learning objectives:
Learn and understand the functioning of EU visa policy.
 
 
Please read before class:
 
Please skim through before class: 
 
 

 

Learning objectives:
Learn and understand the functioning and development of the Common European Asylum System.
Please read before class:

1. Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, Title V, Articles 78-80

2. European Commission, Communication from the European Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions : An Open and Secure Europe  - Making it Happen, COM(2014)154, 11 March 2014 : http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/e-library/documents/basic-documents/docs/an_open_and_secure_europe_-_making_it_happen_en.pdf

3. EASO, Annual Report on the situation of Asylum in the European Union, 2013, in particular Executive Summary and Important Developments at EU Level : http://easo.europa.eu/wp-content/uploads/EASO-AR-final1.pdf

4. Council of the European Union, Extract from the 26-27 June 2014 European Council Conclusions concerning the area of Freedom, Security and Justice and some related horizontal issues, OJ C 240/13, 24.7.2014  (the Strategic Guidelines) : http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52014XG0724(01)

5. Garlick, M (2014) : Strengthening refugee protection and meeting challenges : The European Union’s Next Steps On Asylum, Migration Policy Institute Policy Brief , June 2014 : http://www.migrationpolicy.org/research/strengthening-refugee-protection-and-meeting-challenges-european-unions-next-steps-asylum

6. Collett, E (2014), The EU’s Strategic Guidelines on Migration: Uncontentious Consensus, But Missed Opportunity : http://www.migrationpolicy.org/news/european-union-strategic-guidelines-migration-uncontentious-consensus-missed-opportunity

7. Guild, E., Costello, C., Garlick, M., Moreno-Lax, V. and Carrera, S: New approaches, alternative avenues and means of access to asylum procedures for persons seeking international protection, Study for the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, PE509.989, October 2014, in particular the Executive Summary:  http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2014/509989/IPOL_STU(2014)509989_EN.pdf

                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

 
EU Asylum Procedure
 
 
Learning objectives:
Learn and understand the functioning of the EU asylum procedure and the asylum procedure in Croatia. Learn and understand the functioning of the Dublin System.
 
Please read before class:
ECtHR Case Hirsi, Jamaa and Others v. Italy, 23 February 2012  - Please take a look particularly at page 6 and pages 60-80 of the case
 
                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                     

 

 


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