The ‘Refugee Crisis’ as a Challenge of Legal Design and Institutional Legitimacy

Common Market Law Review 53 (2016), 1545-1574.

29 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2020

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Daniel Thym

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Law

Date Written: November 28, 2016

Abstract

Events during 2015 and early 2016 revealed structural deficiencies at the heart of the EU’s asylum policy which allow us to reconstruct the ‘refugee crisis’ as a problem of integration through law. The analysis of systemic shortcomings and underlying explanations highlights regulatory and political pitfalls which any attempt to overcome the crisis will have to confront. It will be shown that the EU institutions have to reform both legal rules and governance structures – a challenge the recent Commission Proposals have started addressing. Yet the ‘refugee crisis’ is about more than legal design and compliance: asylum policy shows that the EU must be careful not to get trapped in a vicious circle of output deficits and political contestation, which complicates the resolution of existing governance deficits.

Suggested Citation

Thym, Daniel, The ‘Refugee Crisis’ as a Challenge of Legal Design and Institutional Legitimacy (November 28, 2016). Common Market Law Review 53 (2016), 1545-1574., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3526734

Daniel Thym (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Law ( email )

Universitaetsstrasse 10
Konstanz, 78457
Germany

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