CECS lunch seminar with Martin Joormann (Online)

The Protection of Asylum-Seeking Families: National Migration Policies, the Common European Asylum System and International Refugee Law

For the 2019-2020 re:constitution Fellowship for Younger Scholars and Practitioners of Law, my current publication effort is built on the idea to develop the analyses that emerged from two empirical chapters of my PhD thesis. Both of these chapters rely on the critical reading of two sources of data, namely precedents published by Sweden’s Migration Court of Appeal and the interviews I conducted with Swedish migration court judges. Both chapters discuss legal decision-making that affects the lives of asylum-seeking families. The first focuses on children and the second on parents. For these discussions, national migration policies, the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), the current ‘Dublin Regulation’ (EU Regulation No. 604/2013) and international refugee law with its roots in the 1951 UN Refugee Convention are of crucial importance. In brief, the two planned journal articles will investigate a) the central problem of tensions between the democratic legitimation of national migration control and supra-national regulations of seeking refugee protection; and b) the guiding question of how legal certainty and the rule of law are constructed at these intersections of democracy and national, European as well as international regulations.

Martin Joormann completed his PhD degree in sociology of law at Lund University in 2019. He is the author of articles such as ‘Asylstaffetten – A longitudinal Ethnographic Study of Protest Walks against the Detention of Asylum Seekers in Sweden’ (2018, Justice, Power and Resistance) and serves as editor and peer reviewer for several international journals. Currently he is a Lecturer at Lund University's Department of Sociology of Law and a 2019-2020 re:constitution Fellow  (coordinated by Forum Transregionale Studien, Berlin).

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