Violeta Moreno-Lax (ES) is Full Professor of Law (on special leave) at Queen Mary University of London, specialising in international and EU law at the intersection with migration, border violence, and security studies. She is the founder of Queen Mary’s Immigration Law programme and the inaugural director of its (B)OrderS: Centre for the Legal Study of Borders, Migration and Displacement. At Queen Mary, she has also co-founded and served as inaugural co-director of the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) (2014-18) and as PI and coordinator of SAROBMED: The Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean, a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder, award-winning consortium documenting and analysing human rights violations at sea occurring during interdiction/rescue operations. She also serves as Co-Chair of The European Law Observatory; as a member of the Advisory Board of Equal Rights Beyond Borders; as a member of the Steering Committee of the Migration and Law Network; and has been Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative of the University of London since 2018. As an internationally recognised expert in EU and international refugee and migration law, she regularly consults for the EU institutions and other organisations worldwide. Her latest studies for the European Parliament concern The EU Approach to Migration in the Mediterranean (2021) and EU External Migration Policy and the Protection of Human Rights (2020).

Professor Moreno-Lax currently holds a prestigious Ramón y Cajal Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Barcelona and will spend the Spring Term of 2024 at New York University, as Senior Emile Noël Fellow, conducting research on the criminalisation of humanitarian assistance provided by ordinary citizens and civil society organisations to forced migrants in Europe.

Previously, Professor Moreno-Lax has held academic appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Liverpool and Louvain, and research fellowships at the European University Institute (Fernand Braudel Senior Research Fellowship, 2021), the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (Directors’ Grant, 2018), and The Hague Academy of International Law (Centre for Studies and Research, 2010). She has held visiting positions at the Universities of Ghent: European Law Institute (2019), Macquarie Law School (2017), New South Wales: Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law (2017), Oxford: Refugee Studies Centre (2010-12), and Nijmegen: Centre for Migration Law (2009-10). She has published widely in the areas of international and European borders, migration and refugee law, including her monograph Accessing Asylum Europe: Extraterritorial Border Controls and Refugee Rights Under EU Law (Oxford University Press, 2017).

For further details on her publications, please consult her Academia page



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