Seminar with Professor Ledi Bianku: Migrants' Rights in Europe

What are the major developments in case law on migrants' rights in Europe? In this seminar, Professor Ledi Bianku will discuss notable examples from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

Split image: To the right, a portrait photo of Professor Ledi Bianku in front of a bookshelf, dressed formally in a suit; on the right, an image of the outside of the European Court of Human Rights

Prof. Ledi Bianku & the European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg. Illustration photo: Ledi Bianku & Colourbox


The European continent has always been the arena for migratory movements. For this reason, migration issues have been the subject of important political and legal debates and developments in Europe. In recent years, the flows of migrants arriving from countries affected by wars and dangerous and difficult life situations have challenged not only the migration policies of the old continent but also the functioning and stability of European institutions. These institutions were faced with a major dilemma in applying international and national standards in the matter in a very tense political and social situation. The Afghan crisis is only the most recent example.
The presentation on "Migrant’s rights in Europe" aims to briefly present and discuss the major developments in case law of the two European courts, the ECHR and the CJEU. Several of these judgments have prompted or helped the adoption of important reforms in the field of European migrant law. 

About the speaker

Ledi Bianku is an Associate Professor at the University of Strasbourg and Associate Attorney at Doughty Streets Chambers, London. He is a former judge of the European Court of Human Rights (2008-2019), and former member of the Venice Commission for Democracy through Law (2006-2008). He has authored numerous publications in French, English, Italian and Albanian, on European human rights law, European Union law and public international law.

Practical information

This online seminar will be hosted on Zoom.

The event is co-organized by the research group on Human Rights, Armed Conflicts, and the Law of Peace and Security, and the research group on Migration Law.

Tags: Migration Law, Human Rights, Human Rights Law, European Court of Human Rights, Court of Justice of the European Union
Published Oct. 6, 2021 9:52 AM - Last modified Oct. 14, 2022 12:03 PM