• Managing the migration and refugee crisis: recent policy and legislative updates
  • Focus on return

Brussels, 16-17 June 2016



The aim of the Annual Conference on European Migration Law 2016 is to assess the first results of the EU plan to strengthen its ability to return irregular migrants and refused asylum-seekers as well as to enhance cooperation and mutual trust between Member States and with third countries. The conference will provide an overview of the latest developments in migration and asylum law and an update on the relevant recent case law of the European Court of Human Rights and of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Key topics
  • Managing the migration and refugee crisis – the inner dimension: reform of the Dublin system, relocation and resettlement
  • Managing the migration and refugee crisis – the outer dimension: the Border Package
  • National implementation of the Return Directive: a comparative assessment
  • Lawfulness of detention of irregular migrants and asylum seekers
  • Current issues regarding procedural safeguards:  right to an effective remedy and legal aid, return decisions motivation, translation and linguistic assistance
  • Protection of vulnerable persons and family reunification
  • Asylum seekers and illegally staying migrants: risk of amalgam and indiscriminate use of ‘safe country’ concepts
  • Update on readmission schemes: focus on the EU-Turkey agreement
  • Recent case law of the CJEU and ECtHR
>> Further information and online registration
Richard Ares Baumgartner, Head of External Relations (EU), Frontex, Warsaw
Ledi Bianku, Judge, European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg
Marco Borraccetti, Assistant Professor, University of Bologna; Legal Expert, Italian Delegation to the Global Forum on Migration and Development, Bologna
Matthieu Chavrier, Legal Adviser, Legal Service, Council of the European Union, Brussels
Lonneke Kapoen, Manager, International Affairs Directorate, Ministry of Security and Justice; Co-Chair, EMN Return Expert Group, The Hague
Sophie Magennis, Head of the Policy and Legal Support Unit,  UNHCR Bureau for Europe, Brussels
Henrik Nielsen, Head of Unit, Asylum, DG HOME, European Commission, Brussels (to be confirmed)
Panagiotis Nikas,  Director, First Reception Service, Hellenic Republic Ministry of Citizen Protection, Athens
Yves Pascouau, Founder,; Director of Migration and Mobility Policies, European Policy Centre, Brussels
Jorrit Rijpma, Associate Professor, Leiden Law School, Leiden
Dan Rotenberg, Team Leader, Irregular Migration and Return Policy, DG Home, Brussels (to be confirmed)
Flip Schüller, Partner, Prakken d’Oliveira, Amsterdam
Alexander Sorel, Counsellor, Head of asylum and migration section (JHA, SCIFA, Asylum, IPCR), Ministry of Security and Justice, Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the European Union, Brussels
Dana Spinant, Head of Unit, Irregular Migration and Return Policy, DG Home, European Commission, Brussels
Boštjan Zalar, High Court Judge, Administrative Court of the Republic of Slovenia; Vice-President, European Chapter of the International Association of Refugee Law Judges, Ljubljana

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