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Jorrit Rijpma to speak on 'Europe after the Refugee Crisis: The Challenge of Managing Borders, Migration and Asylum'

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On  April 22, 2019 Jorrit Rijpma, Associate Professor of European Law at the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School, will hold a lecture on the topic: 'Europe after the refugee crisis: the challenge of managing borders, migration and asylum' at the Faculty of Law, HSE.

About the lecture

On 29 March 2017 Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom notified the European Council of her country's will to leave the European Union. She did so on the basis of the results of a referendum held in the United Kingdom on the 23 June 2015, in which 51,9% of the British people voted for a future outside the European Union. The country has been divided over the issue ever since. 

For the European Union this is the first time that a Member State decides to use the possibility to leave the organisation. A possibility explicitly foreseen in Article 50 of its founding Treaty. But how to undo decades of economic, political and cultural integration? Negotiations over a "divorce bill" have been long and difficult and the result has been rejected in the British Parliament twice already.

In the meantime the clock continues to tick, as two years after notification, and in the absence of an agreement or a delay, the United Kingdom will be leaving the Union, without any arrangements being in place to do so in an orderly manner: the so-called hard Brexit.

In his lecture, Dr. Jorrit Rijpma, will explain the procedure for exiting the EU, discuss the latest developments and highlight some of the main obstacles that the EU and the UK face in the years to come. These include disruptions to business and trade, as well as uncertainty for EU citizens and of course the issue of the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Island. Although politicians are in the driving seat, the law will provide the boundaries for what is and is not possible.

About the speaker

Jorrit Rijpma is Associate Professor of European Law at the Europa Institute ofLeiden Law School and holds a Jean Monnet Chair on Security and Mobility in Europe (MOSE). Jorrit studied law at the European Law School in Maastricht and the College of Europe in Bruges. He defended his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence on the regulatory framework for the management of the external borders of the European Union. He conducted part of his research at the European border agency (Frontex) in Warsaw. He was a visiting professor at Koç University in Istanbul and Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Rijpma's research focusses on cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs in Europe, the so-called Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

He looks in particular at the link between security and mobility and the institutional and technological developments in this field. He is also one of the Directors of the Faculty's profile area on Interaction between Legal Systems, responsible for a research project on Maritime Security. Rijpma is a member of the standing committee of experts on international immigration, refugee and criminal law (Meijers Committee). He also acts as deputy judge and external council to a private firm of immigration lawyers.

Venue:  Moscow, Bolshoy Trekhsvyatitelsky per. 3, Faculty of Law, HSE, room   № 537.

Date and Time: 22 of  April 2019, 18:00-19:30.

Working language is English (without translation).

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