CANCELLED: Open Lecture – 27 September 2018

Event Date: 27 Sep 2018


Towards New Refugee Norms in Europe after the Impact of the Syrian Refugee Crisis in the Mediterranean and the ongoing securitisation process

About the lecture

This lecture examines the extent to which the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis in the Mediterranean has led to the development of new asylum norms and policies in Europe.

The following empirical analysis is structured into two main sections. The first identifies the norms that have underpinned the development of the European Union policy on asylum from its inception until the start of the Syrian refugee crisis. The second section analyses the extent to which, if any, the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean has been used as a window of opportunity by norm and/or policy entrepreneurs to advocate for new asylum norms and practices.

It also considers how successful these norm and/or policy entrepreneurs have been in order to assess the extent to which new asylum norms and policies have emerged in the European Union in the context of the Mediterranean refugee crisis.

About the speaker

Prof. Dr. Christian Kaunert is Chair of Policing and Security, as well as Director of the International Centre for Policing and Security at the University of South Wales. Previously, he served as an Academic Director and Professor at the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Professor of International Politics, Head of Discipline in Politics, and the Director of the European Institute for Security and Justice, a Jean Monnet Centre for Excellence, at the University of Dundee.

Prof. Kaunert has researched and taught in many international universities and was previously Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee, Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow at the European University Institute Florence, and Senior Lecturer in EU Politics & International Relations, University of Salford.

He has been awarded with a prestigious Jean Monnet Chair in EU Justice and Home Affairs Policy and EU Counter-Terrorism (in July 2013, and again, in July 2017).

He has also previously been the Editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Research (JCER), on the Executive Committee member of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES), and an Expert for the European Parliament. He is also on the editorial board of the journal European Politics and Society (EPS) and the Journal of European Integration (JEI).

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