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General Course - Academic Coordinator
Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law
Prof. François Crépeau
François Crépeau is Full Professor and the Hans & Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, at the Faculty of Law of McGill University, as well as the Director of the McGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism. He is the 2017-2018 International Francqui Professor Chair at Université catholique de Louvain, in collaboration with six other Belgian universities, and has been a guest professor at the Université catholique de Louvain every year since 2010. He was the 2016-2017 Robert F. Drinan, S.J. Visiting Professor of Human Rights Chair at Georgetown University (Washington, DC).
He was the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants between 2011 and 2017. In this capacity, he has conducted official visits to Albania, Tunisia, Turkey, Italy (two times), Greece (two times), Qatar, Sri Lanka, Malta, the European institutions in Brussels and Vienna (several times), Angola, Australia and Nauru. He has also produced several thematic reports: the detention of migrants, the protection of migrants’ rights at the external borders of the European Union (two times), climate change and migration, global migration governance (two times), labour exploitation of migrants, labour recruitment practices, trade agreements and migration. He was the Chair of the Coordination Committee of the United Nations Human Rights Procedures (2014-2015).
He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the International Migration Initiative of the Open Society Foundations (NY). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (Montreal). He is a member of several editorial boards: Journal of Refugee Studies, International Journal of Refugee Law, Refuge, Droits fondamentaux, European Journal of Human Rights, Inter Gentes – McGill Journal of International Law & Legal Pluralism. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, and an Advocatus Emeritus of the Quebec Bar Association. He heads the “Mondialisation et droit international” collection (29 books published to date) at Éditions Bruylant-Larcier (Brussels).
He has given many conferences, published numerous articles, and written, edited or coedited ten books: Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law (2017). Human Rights & Diverse Societies (2014), Terrorism, Law and Democracy: 10 Years after 9/11 – Terrorisme, Droit et Démocratie : 10 ans après le 11 septembre 2001 (2012), Recueil de droit des réfugiés: Instruments, Jurisprudences et Documents (The Refugee Law Reader) (1re éd. 2010, 2e éd. 2012), Les migrations internationales contemporaines – Une dynamique complexe au cœur de la globalisation (2009), Penser l'international, Perspectives et contributions des sciences sociales (2007), Forced Migration and Global Processes - A View from Forced Migration Studies (2006), Les juridictions internationales: complémentarité ou concurrence ? (2005), Mondialisation des échanges et fonctions de l'État (1997), Droit d'asile : De l'hospitalité aux contrôles migratoires (1995).
Professor at Queen Mary University and Radboud University
Prof. Elspeth Guild
Elspeth Guild is Jean Monnet Professor ad personam at Queen Mary, University of London as well as at the Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is also a partner at the London law firm, Kingsley Napley and an associate senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies, Brussels.
She is also a visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Bruges. She was special advisor to the House of Lords European Union Committee's Inquiry into Economic Migration in 2005.
Her interests and expertise lies primarily in the area of EU law, in particular EU Justice and Home Affairs (including immigration, asylum, border controls, criminal law and police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters). She also researches EU privacy and data protection law and the nexus with human rights. She co-ordinates the European Commission's Network of Experts on Free Movement of Workers which the Radboud University manages, bringing together academic experts from the 27 Member States providing national reports annually on the implementation of EU law in the Member States, thematic reports, regional conferences and a national conference each year. She is also co-editor of the European Journal of Migration and Law and Free Movement of Workers (the European Commission's on-line journal) and on the editorial board of the journal International Political Sociology. She is co-editor of the book series Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in Europe published by Martinus Nijhoff.
Professor Guild provides regular advice to the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Council of Europe and other European and international organizations (such as the UNHCR) on free movement of persons, migration and asylum. She has researched the legal and social content of European citizenship and has been invited to submit the chapter on EU citizenship for Blackwells Companion for European Union Law and International Law in 2012.
Professor Guild is co-chair of the European Sub Committee, Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA), a post which she has held since the sub-committee was established in 1990. ILPA is the UK legal profession's voice on immigration and asylum matters with just under a thousand members. In this role she has been instrumental in ensuring that the reflections of UK legal practitioners on EU immigration and asylum matters are taken into account by policy makers both in the UK and the EU. She teaches regularly in ILPA's continuing education programme. She also teaches regularly for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles in their educational programme for legal practitioners across the Europe.
Professor at Science Po Paris and King's College London
Prof. Didier Bigo
Didier Bigo is Professor at King's College London Department of War studies and MCU Research Professor at Sciences-Po Paris. He is also the director of the Center for study of Conflicts, Liberty and Security (CCLS) and editor of the quarterly journal in French Cultures et Conflits published by CCLS and l'Harmattan.
He has been the founder and co-editor with Rob Walker of International Political Sociology, one of the journals of the International Studies Association published by Oxford University Press. He is co-editor of the Routledge collection International Political Sociology, and the Routledge collection liberty and security. Didier Bigo is also responsible of the KCL WP of the FP7 SOURCE in London and coordinator of the ANR UTIC in Paris.
From the 1980s to now, the focus of his work has been around the development of policing activities transnationally, especially in Europe and in the Transatlantic area.
He has published on
Police liaison officers in Europe, policemen as emergent actors of the international arena
Police relations with the military and the diplomats, the challenge to professionals of politics
European Union: the struggle against terrorism and the emergence of a field of professionals of "internal security in Europe"
The trajectories of the institutions of migration, justice and home affairs
Antiterrorist policies in Europe and their effects on freedom, privacy, equality
Schengen- Justice and Home Affairs in Europe and their external dimensions
Mobility as freedom of circulation in the European Union?
Mobility under smart surveillance. Smart mobility against smart surveillance
Merging of internal security and external security
Security and liberty, biometrics identifiers and databases, societal security