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The contribution of the European Court of Human Rights to the refugee crisis of 2015: A critical evaluation

The summer of 2015 saw Europe hit by a refugee crisis – or some commentators say – more accurately a crisis in refugee protection. Marie-Benedicte Dembour asserts in an article forthcoming in Questions of International Law that, due to the relative weakness of its past jurisprudence concerning migrants’ rights, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) was not well placed to help stem the negative repercussions for migrants of this crisis. This project will seek to examine whether this assertion is fully justified, by conducting a painstaking analysis of the case law from the ECtHR concerning claims that were lodged at Strasbourg by refugees and/or migrants in relation to events which took place in the summer of 2015 (or soon afterwards).


This is the selection process of prof. Marie-Bénédicte Dembour:

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

Students interested in a particular topic are welcomed to contact Prof Dembour by email (mariebene.dembour[@]

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