International law, EU law and the refugees on the Mediterranean Sea (2016:6epa)


Around one million refugees and migrants are said to have made their way to Europe crossing the Mediterranean last year. The European Union is still struggling to find durable solutions to the situation, but what really applies to the handling of refugees at sea? Which set of rules govern EU-coordinated activities such as Operation Triton and Operation Sophia? In this analysis, Martin Ratcovich explains international law and EU law with bearing on the refugee flows across the Mediterranean. The focus of the analysis are the rules of the international law of the sea regarding intervention against ships and rescue at sea.

The publication is in Swedish and is a part of SIEPS’ research project EU home affairs.

Martin Ratcovich is a PhD student in International Public Law at the Faculty of Law, Stockholm University.