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Managing Migration Flows in the Mediterranean? A Critical Appraisal

Event Details

Time: 17:30-19:30

Venue: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, Charles Clore House, 17 Russell Square, London WC1B 5JP

Recent weeks have seen a number of incidents in the Mediterranean Sea that have led to the death of over 1,000 people within the space of just a few days. This was not the first incident of its kind, but its size and media attention shed a spotlight on the ongoing migration crisis in the Mediterranean. It has prompted the European Union and its Member States to develop a series of measures and proposals aimed at addressing the situation. The EU Border Agency's funding was increased as was its operational remit. Member States committed vessels, equipment and personnel to help. The EU has also proposed a series of controversial measures, including the bombing of 'smugglers' vessels in Libya to curtail the sea crossings. Meanwhile, private shipping companies continue to play their role in search and rescue, as they are required to do by the industry's traditions and international law. This seminar will seek to unpack and discuss some of these issues and developments by addressing its multiple facets from various expertise.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception.


  • Jean-Pierre Gauci, Research Coordinator, BIICL
  • Andrej Mahecic, Senior External Relations Officer, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, UK
  • Jacqueline Minor, Head of Representation, European Commission
  • Elisa de Pieri, Researcher, EU Team, Amnesty International
  • Katrina Ross, Policy Adviser, UK Chamber of Shipping


  • David Anderson, Former Judge, International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea

Event convened by Dr Jean-Pierre Gauci, Research Coordinator in Public International Law

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CPD Accreditation

This event is accredited with 2 CPD hours.

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BIICL Members:

  • Individual - £40
  • Full-time Academic - £25
  • Full-time Student - £15


  • Individual - £70
  • Full-time Academic - £45
  • Full-time Student - £25

N.B. The Academic rate also applies to staff of government and non-profit organisations.



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