Italy in Violation of International Law, Lawyers Say

A large group of leading international law academics in Europe, including RWI’s director and head of research, are calling today for Italy to cease its policy of promoting, directing and enforcing returns to Libya with immediate effect after Italian authorities recently seized the Spanish NGO rescue boat ‘Open Arms’. The academics are also calling on…

People on the move

We Are Focusing on “People On the Move”

Photo credits: UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis “This fall has been dramatic with scenes from the borders and highways of Europe that we have not seen since the end of WWII. We are seeing hundreds of thousands of people on the move to seek protection. “They are fleeing massive human rights violations, wars, and conflict in countries such…

Can the Drownings in the Mediterranean be Stopped?

More than 1,700 migrants have died in the Mediterranean so far in 2015, according to the International Organisation for Migration. That is 30 times higher than for the same period in 2014. On Monday, four leading figures in the field of human rights and international law came together in Lund, Sweden for a panel debate on…