As mentioned earlier, EUglobal is hosting a workshop in the margins of the ESIL 2016 Conference in Riga. The papers for this workshop are posted here on the Interest Group blog. Today’s paper is written by Themis Tzimas, and is entitled “The EU-Turkey agreement about refugees and its impact on the implementation of international law: turning a blind eye to international legal norms in the name of securitization?“. Here is an excerpt:
The current paper focuses on how the EU interprets and implements international law – as well as parenthetically its own law – concerning the current refugee crisis and how this specific EU attitude influences international law […] The main argument of the paper is that the EU, because of a state-centered security approach tο the issue, interprets and implements international law concerning refugees – mainly the Geneva convention – in ways which either directly breach the principles of international law on the matter or at least, even when not contradicting directly international law, necessitate or lead to practices – mainly on behalf of the first entrance states – which deteriorate the living conditions of refugees and the fulfillment of their rights under international law. The relative detachment of the EU from international law concerning refugees could possibly and because of the role of the EU lead to similar interpretations of international law.