IR Departmental Seminar: Boldizsar Nagy - Free riding instead of solidarity An attempt to interpret Hungary’s (anti)refugee policy in the frame of global and regional suggestions for responsibility sharing

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Nador u. 15
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 3:30pm
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 3:30pm

Abstract /  The talk will consist of three parts.

Part one will be a warming up exercise in interpreting a blog post of CEU alumnus Zoltán Kovács, spokesperson of the Hungarian Government

Part two  will offer a systemic (but non-taxative) overview of academic and government or institutional proposals for responsibility sharing at the global or the regional level and then in light of those (especially the Commission’s 2016 May proposal for the corrective allocation mechanism as part of the Dublin regulation recast) will turn to what Hungary does instead of responsibility sharing.                              

Part three will interpret Hungary’s actions with the help of three theoretical frames: securitisation, majority indentitarian populism and crimmigration. The review of the Hungarian actions will include the court case (Case C-647/15, Hungary v. Council)  against the Council attacking the 2015 relocation decision (Council Decision 2015/1601),   the invalid  referendum of 2 October 2016 , the aborted amendment to the Fundamental Law (constitution) in addition to the review of legal and political moves of 2015-2017.

Finally an effort will be made to glance at the future in light of the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants of 19 September 2016 and of the Malta Declaration by the members of the European Council on the external aspects of migration  of 3 february 2017.


Biography /  Boldizsár Nagy read law and philosophy  and received his PhD at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest  and pursued international studies at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center. Besides the uninterrupted academic activity both at the Eötvös Loránd University (since 1977) and the Central European University (since 1992) he has been engaged both in governmental and non-governmental actions. He acted several times as expert for the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Council of Europe and UNHCR and participated at various inter-governmental negotiations. In the Gabcikovo-Nagymaros case before the International Court of Justice he acted as one of Hungary’s counsel.  He is a co-founder and  former board member of the European Society of International Law and member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Refugee Law and of the European Journal of Migration and Law.  He is co-founder and editor of the on-line Rerugee Law Reader. His earlier ,teaching venues  include Beijing, Brussels,  Geneva, Moscow, and  New York. More than two dozens books were co-authored  and/or edited by him. In October 2012 he published a monograph on the development of the Hungarian  refugee law and refugee movements between the end of the Cold War and Hungary's accession to the EU.