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Frontex and Human Rights Responsibility

On Wednesday 13 December, Melanie Fink defended her doctoral thesis ‘Frontex and Human Rights: Responsibility in “Multi-Actor Situations” under the ECHR and EU Public Liability Law’. The supervisors are Rick Lawson and Jorrit Rijpma from Leiden, as well as Manfred Nowak, and Stephan Wittich from the University of Vienna – the thesis is written in the context of a so-called ‘cotutelle agreement’.

Melanie Fink
13 December 2017
News item PhD defence Melanie Fink
Leiden University Repository

In her thesis, Melanie examines the legal responsibility for human rights violations that may occur in the context of border control or return operations coordinated by Frontex. The analysis is particularly timely, given the recent reinforcement of Frontex’ powers, but also the ongoing refugee ‘crisis’, which once more illustrates the serious human rights challenges border control may entail.