Globalization & Law Network seminar with Virginia Passalacqua

Why do Greek civil society actors remain reluctant to mobilise the CJEU to protect migrant rights even in the face of the refugee crisis? On 22 February 2024, the Globalisation & Law Network had the privilege of hosting Dr. Virginia Passalacqua, Assistant Professor of EU Law at the University of Turin (Italy), who presented her forthcoming book chapter titled "Silent Justice: Exploring the lack of EU litigation for migrant rights in Greece”.

The preliminary reference procedure before the CJEU is an important tool of legal mobilisation. However, Greece has remained a zero-reference country in the fields of migration and asylum until 2023, despite being significantly affected by migration flows. Virginia has tested two hypotheses for this curious observation. Firstly, she enquired whether the Greek legal framework might have precluded various actors from engaging with the CJEU. Data on Greek national and international judicial activity as well as interviews with stakeholders have revealed that although the Greek legal opportunity structure (LOS) is not completely closed, there are substantial obstacles hampering access to courts. Secondly, Virginia analysed whether the scarcity of preliminary reference cases on migration and asylum law sent by Greek courts can be attributed to the lack of resources needed for effective legal mobilisation. As seen from her research, Greek civil society actors are yet to establish collaborations with EU law academics and Euro-lawyers and develop effective strategies for mobilising the CJEU.

Virginia’s presentation was followed by reflections provided by Andreina De Leo, who acted as a discussant. 

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