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The Transfer of Persons at Risk of Torture in European Human Rights Law: The Relative Protection of an Absolute Prohibition

Start/End Thursday, November 15, 2012 12:10 PM EST -- 01:10 PM EST
Location Name JGH 105

Please join HRI for a lunch time talk with Andrea Saccucci. Elaborating on the principle of non-refoulement as it currently stands in international human rights law, Andrea will discuss states’ obligations relating to the transfer of persons at risk of torture or ill-treatment under the most recent case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. Notably, Andrea will try to highlight the existing gaps and inconsistencies in the application of the absolute prohibition of non-refoulement and the margin of relativity inherent to the control over the risk of ill-treatment in the receiving state.

Andrea is a Professor of International Law at the Second University of Naples; he is also Adjunct Professor of Migration Law at the LUMSA of Rome and currently holds a course of International Protection of Human Rights at the Master of International Relations of the Catholic University of Milan. Andrea was a Visiting Scholar at the Law School of the Columbia University of New York in 2006, and ever since he has been cooperating with the Human Rights Clinic and the Human Rights Institute. He is one of the leading counsel in Italy for litigating individual and collective cases before the European Court of Human Rights and other international and national human rights bodies. He successfully litigated before the Strasbourg Court the Hirsi case which led to the adoption of a landmark judgment outlawing the practice of the pushback of sea migrants to Libya, and he was recently awarded the PILnet’s 2012 European Pro Bono Award for exemplary partnership in the public interest in relation to the successful litigation before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the “erased” of Slovenia in the Kuric case.