Melanie Fink is APART-GSK Fellow of the Austrian Academy of Sciences at Central European University’s Department of Legal Studies and Assistant Professor at Europa Institute, Leiden UniverisityProfile page
In the view of the CJEU, the principle of non-discrimination does not always entitle individuals to hold the EU liable for violations thereof. However, the conceptual basis on which the Court reaches this conclusion is questionable.
Human rights accountability in the context of Frontex-coordinated border control operations is being dispersed among the involved parties. Regrettably, this is likely to continue after the establishment of the new European Border and Cost Guard Agency.
In the wake of the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, the dysfunctionality of European immigration & asylum policy is more evident than ever. Europe’s responses jeopardise its cherished border-free area & its self-image as a beacon of civilisation.
The plan of the EU to get Security Council backing for the use of force against smugglers’ vessels in the Mediterranean is unlikely to keep irregular migrants out of harm’s way and thus hardly suitable to counter a threat to international peace.