Violeta Moreno-Lax (ES) is Professor of Law, founder of the Immigration Law programme, inaugural Director of (B)OrderS: The Centre for the Legal Study of Borders and Migration, and co-founder and inaugural co-Director (2014-18) of the Centre for European and International Legal Affairs (CEILA) at Queen Mary University of London. She is also a founding member of de:border: migration justice collective and a former legal adviser of the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN), leading on strategic litigation in the area of border violence and migration. Since 2018, she coordinates, as PI, the Search and Rescue Observatory for the Mediterranean (SAROBMED), a multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder, award-winning consortium documenting and analysing human rights violations at sea occurring during interdiction/rescue operations. Violeta Moreno-Lax serves as Co-Chair of The Refugee Law Observatory and as a member of the Steering Committee of the EU-wide Migration Law Network and has been Senior Research Associate of the Refugee Law Initiative 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 deal with The EU Approach to Migration in the Mediterranean (2021) and EU External Migration Policy and the Protection of Human Rights (2020). She has previously held academic positions at the Universities of Oxford and Liverpool and research fellowships at the European University Institute, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and The Hague Academy of International Law. She has published widely in the areas of EU JHA and international and EU refugee and migration law, including her monograph Accessing Asylum in Europe (Oxford University Press, 2017).