• Start date:
  • 18 June 2020
  • Duration:
  • 2 days
  • Legal area:
  • Course:
  • Congress

On 18 and 19 June 2020, the Europa Institute of Leiden Law School organizes the concluding conference for the Jean Monnet Chair on Mobility and Security in Europe, held by Dr. Jorrit Rijpma.  

The goal of this conference is to critically evaluate and further examine the role that borders play in governing mobility and security in Europe. In the aftermath of the refugee crisis of 2015, borders have remained the focus of attention of law and policy makers. Whilst the management of the external borders is increasingly carried over to the European level, a number of Member States have reintroduced checks at their internal borders. In parallel, the implementation of smart borders is well under way, whilst the cooperation with third countries on border control is intensified. This conference will bring together academics from different backgrounds with practitioners working in border management and related fields to discuss these developments.

Four panels will reflect on these developments, each looking at a different dimension of border management in the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice.

  1. The internal dimension of border management (checks at the internal borders, controlling movement within the Schengen area, link with criminal law enforcement)
  2. The external dimension of border management (Cooperation with third countries, the link between the Common Foreign Security Policy and Justice and Home Affairs)
  3. The institutional dimension of border management (European Border and Coast Guard, Schengen Evaluation Mechanism, role of other EU agencies and bodies)
  4. Automating border management (large scale databases, information exchange, use of technology)

Cross-cutting themes that may be addressed within these themes are the protection of fundamental rights, constitutional developments, as well as the future of cooperation in Justice and Home Affairs.

Submission of Paper Proposals
Scholars in law or related fields (political science, European Studies, criminology, etc.) are invited to submit abstracts. Papers should be new work, unpublished at the time of presentation, and at an advanced stage. Papers should not exceed 8000 words, including footnotes. A total of 12 papers will be selected. Proposals can be submitted by 20 March 2020

Proposals should include:

  1. A short resume, including the author’s contact details, affiliation and her/his most important publications
  2. An abstract (in Word or PDF-format, not exceeding 500 words)

- The deadline for the submission of proposals is 20 March 2020
- Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by 3 April 2020
- The deadline for submission of draft paper is 1 June 2020 
- The conference will take place 18 and 19 June 2020

The objective is to publish the papers presented at the conference in a joint publication, either as edited volume with an international publishing house, or - alternatively - as a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

Juridische Faculteit Universiteit Leiden, Kamerlingh Onnes Gebouw

Steenschuur 25, Leiden

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available to support the travel and/or accommodation costs of speakers. Do note that reimbursements can only be transferred once the applicant has submitted her/his draft paper. Travels costs are limited to 500,- (economy class only).