Join the Refugee Law Initiative for our end-of-year public lecture and drinks reception, presented by RLI Doctoral Affiliate Mariana Gkliati.
From Frontex to the European Border and Coast Guard: Responsibility for human rights violations at the borders
In the midst of turbulent times for Europe’s immigration and asylum system, the institution that most embodies the image of border management is the EU agency Frontex, which has recently been replaced by the European Border and Coast Guard with a strengthened mandate and enhanced tasks and responsibilities.
The agency together with the coastal Member States conducts joint operations for the surveillance of the external borders. These operations are inherently sensitive to violations of refugee and human rights and once these sensitivities materialize into real violations, the multiplicity of actors concerned raises questions as to who is responsible.
This presentation aims at providing useful insight into the role and the work of Frontex at the EU borders and inspire an interesting discussion.
Mariana Gkliati is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Immigration Law of Leiden University, and Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Law Initiative. She specializes in human rights protection in Europe and European Migration Law. Her doctoral research focuses on legal accountability and effective legal protection of individuals against human rights violations in the area of asylum and immigration attributed to the EU agency Frontex (European Border and Coast Guard Agency).
Her work experience is shared among Vienna, Athens, and Leiden. She has previously worked at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency in the area of asylum, migration, and borders and as a legal case reporter and commentator for Oxford Reports on International Law database. In her early carrier she has worked as a journalist and assisted voluntarily the NGO AITIMA, which provides legal and social aid to asylum seekers and refugees.