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RSC Special Seminar 2012: ‘How far does non-refoulement go? A discussion on Hirsi v Italy’

This podcast of the Refugee Studies Centre's Special Seminar Series was recorded on Monday 27 February 2012 at the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford. The special seminar was delivered by Ms Madeline Garlick, Head of Unit, Policy and Legal Support, UNHCR Europe.

The European Court of Human Rights, on 23 February 2012, has handed down its judgment in the matter of Hirsi & Ors v Italy. This case, brought to the court by a group of migrants intercepted at sea and returned to Libya by Italy in 2009, raises important questions around the scope and application of the principle of non-refoulement. This includes notably the extent of States' protection obligations when exercising jurisdiction over individuals outside their territory. The decision is ground-breaking and should lead to a dramatic change in the way border controls are conducted in Europe, affording protection to migrants and refugees in an unprecedented way.

The speaker, who represented UNHCR before the Court in the case, discussed key points of interest in the judgment and conveyed the perspective of UNHCR as a third party intervener.

How far does non-refoulment go?
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Last updated Apr 04, 2012