The European Union Returns Directive and its Compatibility with International Human Rights Law

Analysis of Return Decision, Entry Ban, Detention, and Removal


The book undertakes a throughout assessment of the EU Returns Directive, and particularly measures on return, re-entry ban, immigration detention, and removal, against international human rights standards. The overarching human rights framework which circumscribes states’ prerogatives in the context of expulsion builds upon obligations derived from the principle of non-refoulement; the right to life, respect for family and private life, effective remedy, basic social services; the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment; and protection against arbitrary detention and collective expulsion. Based on this assessment, Izabella Majcher discusses several protection gaps in the Directive’s provisions which may result in human rights violations and highlights how the Directive’s rules should be complemented to comply with member states' human rights obligations.

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Biographical Note
Izabella Majcher, Ph.D. (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva), is a researcher at the Global Detention Project and visitor to immigration detainees. She has published on the EU returns policy and has experience with various international fora (UN agencies, diplomatic representations, and NGOs).
Academics researching EU policy targeting undocumented migrants and their rights and practitioners, including lawyers, experts, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and domestic and EU policy-makers in the field of migration law and policy.
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