eBook Launch Conversation: Migration in the Time of COVID-19: Comparative Law and Policy Responses

Friday, October 8, 2021
10:00AM EST / 3:00PM GMT / 4:00PM CET


The movement of people across, and even within, borders during the COVID-19 pandemic has tested the humanitarian commitments of destination states and exacerbated strict, often harsh, border control policies. Some states have used the pandemic as a pretext for ignoring international legal obligations towards migrants in ways that are not justified by public health guidance, while others have imposed policies that challenge both the functioning of the EU’s internal market and the basic values underpinning the Union.

In this invitation-only online event, the editors and contributors to the Frontiers eBook Migration in the Time of COVID-19: Comparative Law and Policy Responses (2021) will share their research and insights into law and policy around human mobility in the face of the pandemic and offer suggestions for reform of domestic laws to better protect the rights of migrants and refugees.  We look forward to a vibrant conversation and hope that you can join us.



Professor Iris Goldner Lang

Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, UNESCO Chairholder and incoming Vice-Dean for International Affairs, University of Zagreb – Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb

Iris Goldner Lang is a Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law and the Vice-Dean for International Affairs (starting from October 2021) at the University of Zagreb – Faculty of Law. She is the holder of the UNESCO Chair on Free Movement of Persons, Migration and Inter-Cultural Dialogue and the academic coordinator of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “EU’s Global Leadership in the Rule of Law”. She has held visiting positions at University College London and at Harvard Law School, where she was a John Harvey Gregory Visiting Professor of Law and World Organization and a Fulbright Visiting Researcher. She is president of the Croatian Society for European Law (FIDE branch); Croatian representative in the Odysseus Network; a member of the Board of Trustees of the Academy of European Law (ERA) and an ERA Forum Advisory board member. Goldner Lang is Editor-In-Chief of the Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy and a member of the Editorial Board of the European Foreign Affairs Review.

Professor Jaya Ramji-Nogales

Associate Dean for Research and the I. Herman Stern Research Professor, Temple University Beasley School of Law

Jaya Ramji-Nogales is Associate Dean for Research and the I. Herman Stern Research Professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she teaches Refugee Law and Policy and supervises the Temple Law Asylum Project.  Her recent works assess refugee law and policy under the Trump administration, including The End of Asylum, co-authored with Georgetown Law Profs. Andrew I. Schoenholtz and Philip G. Schrag and a comparative look, with co-author Tally Kritzman-Amir, at nationality bans in Israel and the United States.

Her work also seeks to generate conversations around the concept of global migration law.  Her publications have highlighted the role of international law in constructing migration emergencies and critiqued human rights law as insufficiently attentive to the interests of undocumented migrants. Prof. Ramji-Nogales has also authored articles on the situation of forced migrants under international criminal law and international humanitarian law, as well as on regional migration law in Southeast Asia.

Table of Contents

  • Editorial: Migration in the Time of COVID-19: Comparative Law and Policy Responses Jaya Ramji-Nogales and Iris Goldner Lang
  • Entry Denied: COVID-19, Race, Migration, and Global Health Matiangai Sirleaf
  • Crisis Without Borders: What Does International Law Say About Border Closure in the Context of Covid-19? Vincent Chetail
  • (In)Essential Bordering: Canada, COVID, and Mobility Audrey Macklin
  • Never Letting a Good Crisis Go to Waste: Canadian Interdiction of Asylum Seekers Sean Rehaag, Janet Song and Alexander Toope
  • Political and Legal Responses to Human Mobility in South America in the Context of the Covid-19 Crisis. More Fuel for the Fire? Diego Acosta and Leiza Brumat
  • COVID-19 and Immigrants’ Increased Exclusion: The Politics of Immigrant Integration in Chile and Peru Luisa Feline Freier and Marcia Vera Espinoza
  • Barricading the Border: COVID-19 and the Exclusion of Asylum Seekers at the U.S. Southern Border Denise Gilman
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Immigration Detention Fatma E. Marouf
  • COVID-19 and Immigration: Reflections From the Penn State Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic Kaitlyn Box and Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia
  • Flattening the Curve, Constitutional Crisis and Immigrants’ Rights Protections: The Case of Israel Tally Kritzman-Amir
  • Does Evidence-Based EU Law Survive the Covid-19 Pandemic? Considering the Status in EU Law of Lockdown Measures Which Affect Free Movement Gareth Davies
  • Covid-19 Using Border Controls to Fight a Pandemic? Reflections From the European Union Elspeth Guild
  • The COVID Virus Crisis Resurrects the Public Health Exception in EU Migration Law Philippe De Bruycker
  • COVID-19 Migration Policy Measures for International Students and Graduate Job Searchers: A Lost Round in the Battle for Brains Tesseltje de Lange
  • EU Citizenship, Free Movement, and Covid-19 in Romania Sandra Mantu
  • Migration in the Time of COVID-19—Policy Responses and Practices in Croatia Concerning the Western Balkan Routes and Readiness for the Post-COVID-19 Society in Which the Right to Health Care for the Most Vulnerable is Guaranteed Sunčana Roksandić, Krešimir Mamić and Robert Mikac
  • COVID-19 Crisis and Labor Migration Policy: A Perspective From Estonia Mari-Liis Jakobson and Leif Kalev