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Getting to the Core of Crimmigration

  • Maartje van der Woude
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Diplomacy and Global Affairs Research Seminar Series 2017
Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague


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About the lecture

This talk aims to explore the relationship between discretion - that is, the autonomy enjoyed by some state and non-state actors as to whether or not to apply the law - and the growing interlinking of crime control and migration control. This interlinking is also referred to as “crimmigration” and is visible in public and political discourse, in policies and laws, and in certain immigration or law enforcement practices. Immigrants, foreign nationals, ethnic and racial minorities, and poor people have tended to bear the brunt of this transformation. In assessing the relation between discretion and crimmigration, the talk focuses on the European Union and, in particular, the Schengen Area. Although the Schengen Area is supposed to be a borderless area, growing fears and concerns about mass immigration and various forms of transnational crime such as trafficking and terrorism are increasingly putting the core principles of the European Project, that is free movement, human rights, and solidarity, to the test. In an attempt to reclaim their national sovereignty, several European countries have resorted to far-reaching measures to control the right to enter and remain within the national territory – attempts and measures that have been both applauded and rejected by the people living in these countries.

About the speaker

Maartje van der Woude is Professor of Law & Society at Leiden University and holds her chair in the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance & Society. She is also affiliated with the Department of Criminology & Sociology of Law at the University of Oslo as a visiting professor and member of the NORDHOST: Nordic Hospitalities in a Context of Migration and Refugee Crisis research group. In the past, she held visiting positions at UC Berkeley’s Centre for the Study of Law & Society, UC Hastings College of the Law and the University of Maryland. Maartje holds a JD in Criminal Law, a MSc in Criminology (cum laude) and a PhD in Criminal Law & Criminology from Leiden Law School.

Maartje's research examines the politics of social control and securitization, both from a more macro – national –  as from a more micro – local/individual - perspective. She has published extensively, in the form of books, book chapters and both in national and international peer reviewed journals such as  Law & Social InquiryPolicing and Society, the European Journal for Criminology and the New Criminal Law Review.

About the seminars

Diplomacy and Global Affairs (DGA) Research Seminar Series is a series launched by the Research Group on Diplomacy and Global Affairs at the Institute of Security and Global Affairs. The seminars of internationally acknowledged guest researchers and faculty members deal with current research topics in diplomacy, international relations, global affairs, and political economy broadly conceived and target a broad audience through their interdisciplinary focus.

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