Borders, Procedures and Rights at Röszke: Reflections on Case C-924/19 (PPU)

Thursday, April 9, 2020


On 19 December 2019 the Administrative and Labour Court of Szeged in Hungary referred a case for a preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice (CJEU). The case raises important questions regarding the conformity with EU law of the asylum and return procedures that the Hungarian authorities conduct at the border transit zone between Hungary and Serbia, at Röszke. In this blog I will explain some of the legal intricacies surrounding border procedures in transit zones under EU law. I will not deal with all of these...

N.D. and N.T. v. Spain: do hot returns require cold decision-making?

Friday, February 28, 2020

Two weeks ago, Strasbourg saw the latest jurisprudential addition to its limited body of case law on collective expulsion of aliens. On 13 February 2020, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) delivered its judgment in the case of N.D. and N.T. v. Spain concerning the expulsion of two third-country nationals who were apprehended after climbing the Melilla fence and were summarily returned to...