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'The Interplay between the EU's Return Acquis and International Law’ by Tamás Molnár

Book launch

About the book

The Interplay between the EU's Return Acquis and International Law thoroughly examines how the EU’s return acquis is inspired by, and integrates, international migration and human rights law. It also explores how this body of EU law has shaped international law-making relating to the removal of non-nationals.

Set against the background of the classic doctrine on the ‘autonomy of EU law’ and the EU’s external relations objective to ‘develop international law’, the author depicts a legally sound and elaborate picture of the EU’s return acquis vis-à-vis international law, both internally and externally.

From the perspective of the EU legal order, it offers important insights into this field from both a constitutional perspective and from the point of view of the substantive area of migration law (expulsion of non-nationals).

Chapters provide in-depth analysis of the EU’s return-related legislative developments reflecting international law and the expanding return-related jurisprudence of the EU Court of Justice.

Bridging the gap between EU and international law, which both have unique characteristics and are often studied in different spheres, this book will appeal to academics and practising lawyers dealing with the expulsion of migrants in irregular situations.

It will also be a useful read for law scholars, practitioners and postgraduate students who wish to further their understanding of the interactions between these two legal orders.


About the author

Dr Tamás Molnár studied law in Budapest and Brussels (LLM on EU law) and holds a PhD in public international law (Budapest). He also passed the bar exam in Hungary.

Since September 2016, he has been working as a legal research officer at the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in Vienna.

His areas of expertise with respect to the FRA’s work include: fundamental rights of irregular migrants; return and readmission; immigration detention; anti-smuggling; EU asylum acquis and visa policy as well as horizontal issues of public international law, including artificial intelligence and international human rights law.

Before joining FRA, he worked for a decade in various ministries in Hungary in the fields of international and EU migration law and their domestic implementation. He was also in charge of negotiating in migration-related EU Council preparatory bodies and drafting international agreements.

He is also a visiting lecturer on international (migration) law at the Department of International Relations at Corvinus University of Budapest (where he has been teaching and researching in various positions since October 2003) and the Faculty of Law at the University of Szeged.

He has published widely in the fields of international law, EU migration law and relationship of legal orders, with over 90 publications, including journal articles, book chapters and two monographs.

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The Webinar

This webinar is organised by the International Law and Affairs Group (ILAG) and the Institute for the Study of European Law (ISEL).

Presentation by the author Tamás Molnár


Chair: Dr Andrew Wolman, City Law School, International Law and Affairs Group

16 Jun 2021 Online