Presentation by Dr Velluti at the KU Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies (Belgium)

Dr Velluti recently gave a presentation  entitled ‘The Evolving Social Dimension of EU External Trade Relations – Some Reflections on Coherence’ at the International Workshop on Fostering Labor Rights in the Global Economy, held at the KU Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies of the University of Leuven on 20 and 21 February 2014 and co-organised together with GRESI, a scientific research community funded by the Flemish Fund for Scientific Research (FWO) and coordinated by the University of Ghent. The Workshop is part of the large-scale EU Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) research project on “Fostering Human Rights among European Policies” (FRAME).

The paper provided a critical review of how labour provisions have been incorporated in the European Union’s (EU) international trade agreements and the various goals pursued in combination with the mechanisms employed to achieve them. This analysis is particularly prominent and made necessary by fundamental changes introduced by the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon in relation to the EU’s Common Commercial Policy (CCP) and the increased powers of the European Parliament which now has to give its consent to the ratification of international trade agreements. In examining how the EU has been increasingly inserting human rights clauses and social norms in its international trade agreements with third countries, Dr Velluti explored certain coherence, consistency and legitimacy aspects of the EU’s role as a global human rights actor which directly concern the future trajectory of social and labour rights in EU external trade relations.

New Publication on EU Asylum Law by Dr Velluti

New book written by Dr Velluti entitled ‘Reforming the Common European Asylum System – Legislative Developments and Judicial Activism of the European Courts’ is published

This timely volume critically examines selected EU instruments adopted in the context of the Common European Asylum System and key judgments of the European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights. The analysis includes an assessment of the recast asylum package adopted in June 2013. The book’s focus is on the protection of fundamental human rights of asylum seekers and responds to some of the contemporary challenges faced by the EU protection regime.

Further details of the book can be found at:

Dr Velluti contributes to a New Report on ‘Migration and the Law’ for the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL)

Dr Velluti has recently contributed to a report on the UK experience in relation to migration and  law. The report has been drafted in response to a questionnaire issued by the International Academy of Comparative Law (the ‘IACL’) on migration and law for the forthcoming 19th International Congress of Comparative Law, to be held in Vienna (Austria) in July 2014.

The report consists of two parts. The first part, entitled ‘Migration and Residence’, examines the principal legal instruments that bind the state and public authorities in matters of migration. The second part, entitled ‘Migration in a Broader Perspective’, situates the principal legal rules on migration, in force in the UK, into their broader historical and international context. Dr Velluti has contributed to the second part of the report and, in particular, on the section on the role of human rights and humanitarian protection, with a focus on domestic law and practice concerning the asylum process.

Dr Samantha Velluti Visiting Professorship at School of Law, University of Cagliari (UNICA), Italy

Dr Samantha Velluti, Reader in EU Law, has recently been a visiting professor at the University of Cagliari, giving lectures in EU law. In particular, she was involved in teaching a course on third-country nationals who are regularly resident in the European Union either as spouses or family members of EU citizens (within the law on free movement of persons) or in their own right, for example as workers, researchers or students with a valid residence permit. Dr Velluti was also involved in teaching a course on the protection of fundamental rights in the EU.

Whilst there, she has been carrying out research in the field of EU asylum law and the protection of fundamental rights. Collaborating with Dr Francesca Ippolito with whom she has written a peer-reviewed article recently submitted for publication as well as a chapter for an edited collection due to be published by Ashgate in 2013.

In addition, as part of the visiting research programme, she also gave a conference paper, based on the research conducted with Dr Ippolito at the University of Surrey School of Law Research Workshop “A Europe of Rights: the EU and the ECHR”, which was held in June.