McLaughlin Lunch Talk Series continues with examination of EU border controls

The McLaughlin College Lunch Talk Series continues on Nov. 16 with a presentation called “Governing Refugee Movement in Europe: Borders of Shame” by Elspeth Guild.

Elspeth Guild
Elspeth Guild

The event, running noon to 1:30pm in the Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College, will explore the topic of border controls among the EU member states and associated member states.

The European project is based on the abolition of these border controls, but the focus has now shifted to common external borders with both positive and negative representations. For instance, the border is seen as a fortress which keeps the “wrong” people out – but who are the “wrong” people? And what is the difference between the welcomed visitor and the unwanted migrant?

These questions will be examined during the talk.

Guild is a Jean Monnet Professor ad Personam in Law at Queen Mary University of London and the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. She retains her affiliation as a partner at the London law firm Kingsley Napley. She is also a senior research fellow at the Centre for European Policy Studies, a Brussels-based think-tank. Guild regularly advises EU institutions on migration- and asylum-related matters, including the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of the Master, McLaughlin College, and School of Public Policy & Administration.

For more information, contact Vicky Carnevale at ext. 33824 or