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Durham European Law Institute


DELI/HRC Refugee Crisis Roundtable

(4 November 2015)

The Durham European Law Institute hosted its first Joint Roundtable of the year in conjunction with the Human Rights Center on 20th October 2015. The topic under discussion was the Refugee Crisis. The speakers featured at the event included Professor Thom Brooks, Dr Alan Greene and Mrs Eszter Harsanyi-Belteki.


Professor Brooks began the talk with a discussion of the political aspects of the refugee crisis. He discussed the ongoing situation in Calais, as well as different countries’ political attitudes towards the crisis. Dr Greene presented the legal issues surrounding the topic. He spoke about states of emergency, and discussed the distinction between states of emergency declared for humanitarian and national security reasons, examining the refugee crisis from both viewpoints. He looked at the effects of different rhetoric on shaping common opinion. Mrs Harsanyi-Belteki concluded the discussion by looking at the different approaches that have been taken on a Member State level as a reaction to the crisis and their compliance with European laws.


The Durham European Law Institute would like to thank all the participants for sharing their insights on this topic.

Prepared by Kata Szeidovitz and Louise Oftedal