Leiden Law Exchange (LLX) on participation in Frontex operations: Issues of responsibility
The ongoing coronavirus crisis means that Leiden Law Exchange (LLX) events have now also moved online. On 26 January 2021 policy workers, academics and professionals met in an informal setting under the Chatham House Rule to discuss the recent accusations aimed at the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) and the border guards of Member States on push-backs at the external borders.
This LLX was organised together with the Netherlands Defence Academy. The meeting was introduced by three speakers. First, Melanie Fink, Assistant Professor at the Europa Institute, who outlined the framework for legal responsibility of the Agency and the Member States. Next, Euro MP and Professor of Migration Law Tineke Strik who dealt with the political control of the Agency. Finally, deputy director-general Daan Huisinga of the Ministry of Justice and Security outlined the policy framework and the relationship between the Netherlands and the Agency. A discussion then took place between the speakers and participants who came from universities in the Netherlands and Flanders and also the Royal Netherlands Military Constabulary (KMar).
Once again, the LLX format proved to be successful for the exchange of knowledge and experience between the academic world and practice. The Europa Institute thanks all participants for their enthusiasm and contribution.