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Living on the Other Side: A Legal-Anthropological Analysis of Migration and Family Law in Morocco

  • Nadia Sonneveld
Thursday 16 November 2017
Free to visit, drinks after
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Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Nadia Sonneveld:
"Europe wants migration agreements with North African governments. Yet, what are migrants’ legal rights in these countries, and how do receiving states and migrants deal with them in practice? Family law plays a crucial role in legal identity and in securing basic human rights. Using the lens of family law, my aim is to gain empirical and theoretical knowledge of migration and legal rights in Morocco and, by extension, North Africa. In particular, I look at various groups of West/Central African and Middle Eastern (regularly or irregularly residing) migrants and refugees in Morocco. In the presentation, I present preliminary findings related to the following two questions. First, how does this receiving state regulate major life events (marriage, birth, divorce, death) of the migrants and refugees on its territory, and, second, how do migrants and refugees deal with the legal aspects of major life events in this receiving state?

Ultimately, my aim is to obtain a legal-anthropological understanding of one of the least understood issues of our time: migrants and their legal rights as non-citizens on the other side of the Mediterranean." 

About Nadia Sonneveld

Nadia Sonneveld works at the Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands and has an academic background in anthropology, Arabic, and law. The common factor in all her research activities is the focus on gender and law in the Muslim world, particularly in Egypt and Morocco. Previously, she was a guest scholar at the School of Oriental Studies (SOAS) in London, and Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco. She authored Khul‘ Divorce in Egypt: Public Debates, Judicial Practices, and Everyday Life (2012), and has co-authored Women Judges in the Muslim World: A Comparative Study of Discourse and Practice, with Monika Lindbekk (2017).

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