CANCELLED Immobile by algorithm: international law in the age of technological control of migration
The Lunch Seminar with Amin Parsa is unfortunately cancelled.
Amin Parsa, Postdoc Researcher, Sociology of Law Department. Title: Immobile by algorithm: international law in the age of technological control of migration
Abstract: Today the so-called refugee crisis is one of the most significant political, legal and humanitarian issues facing Europe. In 2015 alone the number first time asylum applications lodged within European Union reached a record high of 1,257,030. A near 50 percent increase compare to the year before. As Eurostat reports this number remained almost the same on 2016. Such great movement of people possess various logistic, political and legal challenges. In the current legal and political climate, one of the most common ways to combat both the humanitarian crisis as well as the logistic challenge of assessing such high number of applications is prevention of migrant entry into the European borders. One of the most recent methods for such practices is the use and development of digital technologies of mobility monitoring. For instance, development of electronic passports and smart borders together with the integrated digital platform of Eurosur can now produce real-time maps of migrant’s mobility and use collected data to predict possible risk groups and risk areas. However, such possibilities offered by the new technology can undermine the foundational principle of international refugee law; namely the principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits states from returning asylum seekers to grave harm. The current technological solutions allow European border security forces to act pre-emptively and before the state legal responsibility is triggered. As the result, the growing use of such technologies can reshape international law and affect human rights of the protection seekers negatively. What use for international law in the age of digital technologies? Can international law contain possible violence that the new technology can cause? And moreover, can new norms emerge from practices of the new technology? This project will answer such questions in the context of European border control operations and will offer a new understanding of the interaction between international law and technology.
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