First MeDiMi Lecture in Amsterdam: “States’ Practices Before Human Rights Courts. A Nordic Perspective“ by Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen

Date: Wednesdays 22 November 2023, 4 pm – 6 pm


We are happy to announce that ACMRL and VU Interdisciplinary Centre for European Studies (VICES) are co-hosting a lecture titled “States’ Practices Before Human Rights Courts. A Nordic Perspective” which is organized by the interdisciplinary Research Group “Human Rights Discourse in Migration Societies” (MeDiMi).

  • When? 22nd of November 2023 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Where? Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, building OZW, 10th floor, room Alma 1 & 2
  • How? The event, both online (via Zoom) and in person, will be held in English.

Please register by 20.11.2023 (in-person registration | online registration).

About the event: MeDiMi has invited Prof. Dr. Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen to offer a Nordic viewpoint, as Denmark and Sweden, among other Nordic countries, have had a significant presence in global human rights case law. In his talk, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen will provide an empirical overview of this development, its implications for policy-making and how Nordic states have politically responded to growing international judicialisation in the migration domain.

About Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen: Associated with the University of Copenhagen, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen, is a renowned expert in international refugee law, human rights and the intersection of international law and politics.

About MeDiMI: The interdisciplinary Research Group “Human Rights Discourse in Migration Societies” (MeDiMi) studies the scope, forms, and consequences of the expansion of human rights discourse in migration societies. The research group aim to develop a theory of the dynamic interplay of legalization, politicization and everyday practice of Human Rights. In the legal context, international legal standards of Human Rights provide important benchmarks for migration law practice. The last decades have further seen a significant expansion of migration case law by international Human Rights courts and treaty bodies. They therefore constitute key fora for the “humanrightization” in legal discourse on migration. In studying practices before Human Rights courts, previous research has mainly focused on analysing the strategic litigation of advocacy groups. The (subtle) mechanisms that States use to influence the Court’s decisions have hardly been studied so far. One of the core questions for MeDiMi is therefore: How do governments – be it as responding parties in pending cases, as third-party intervenors or otherwise – act in those fora? What are States’ practices before Human Rights courts? What type of arguments are used to mitigate constraints on migration policy?

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