A Critical View on the Treatment of Pushback Allegations by Greek Authorities and the Detention of Asylum Seekers

Guest Author: Ann-Kathrin Grunwald Ann-Kathrin Grunwald studies Law at the University of Bonn with a special interest in European law, international human rights law, and Asylum law.    Introduction According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, “the right to seek and enjoy asylum does not depend on the mode of arrival to a country. People who wish to apply for asylum should be allowed to do so and they should be made aware of their rights and provided legal assistance”.[1] However, looking at Greece’s border and asylum policy, […]

TEASER: How do you advocate for a feminist foreign policy, Nina Bernarding?

TEASER: You can find the full-length interview with Nina Bernarding published in our second issue.   YJEA: We would like to start our interview by talking about your studies. How did you become interested in the topics and what motivated you to start your studies? Nina Bernarding: For my bachelor’s, I studied History and Political Science in Heidelberg, and I did my master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development at King’s College London. Before my studies, I had already been interested in international affairs in a broad sense. When I […]

An insight into development cooperation for sustainable development with Dr Inge Baumgarten (GIZ)

YJEA: Hello Dr Baumgarten, it’s very nice to have you! I would like to introduce you shortly to our readers before going right into the interview: You have worked for the GIZ, the German development agency, for quite some years now. Your focus has been on health issues in Africa, where you directed the GIZ Office to the African Union until earlier this year. Now you serve as Director of the Office in Togo. Baumgarten: Thank you very much for the honour of this interview! This is a great opportunity […]

From the BRI to the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment: Catching Up to the Global Investment Gap

By: Angelo Krüger   On 26. June 2022, the world’s most advanced economies – the G7 – announced a $600 bn. infrastructure investment initiative primarily to counter China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). While the 2013 announcement of the BRI was initially deemed inefficient or infeasible, Beijing successfully put in motion its estimated $1tn. dollar plan to invest abroad, at least until the Covid-19 pandemic put an early stop to most activities in the world economy. With the new Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment, the Group of Seven now aims to further curb […]

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace – Interview with Dr Kathryn Lavelle

24th April 2022 marks the 3rd International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace. We had the chance to talk to Dr Kathryn Lavelle, author of “The Challenges of Multilateralism” about the topic. She gave us insights into the history as well as the developments of multilateralism and its challenges.   YJEA: Multilateralism is a buzzword that every International Relations or Political Science student has heard of. But what does multilateralism entail beyond the cooperation of multiple countries and what are the benefits of this approach? Lavelle: When we talk […]

#shorts: What does IR have to say about the war in Ukraine? (with Prof Karen E. Smith)

#shorts is an attempt to get researchers’ perspectives on current pressing issues in EU Politics when there is short notice and little time. Read our first #shorts with Prof Karen E. Smith (LSE) on Russian President Putin’s war against Ukraine.   How would you use the tools of IR to explain what is going on? International Relations (the area of study) offers numerous ways to try to understand and explain the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the responses to it by outsiders. The invasion raises issues regarding sovereignty, great power […]

Barely addressed but highly important: Migration Camps

Guest Author: Paulina Matt Paulina Matt studies International Relations at the Central European University with a focus on International Political Economy, Development and Refugee Policy.   The new EU Pact on Migration and Asylum offers an ambitious framework for dealing with high immigration numbers. However, it does not dedicate one single sentence to the poor conditions in migration camps. The influx of migrants is a major challenge for the European Union (EU)[i]. In 2020, more than 80 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide[ii], with over 6.6 million living in poor […]

The most fundamental rights: Queer refugees in the European Asylum System

Author: Alina Mehrens   It’s the end of the pride month. So, as we watch the rainbows being taken down from corporate logos, sidewalks and the flagpoles in front of public offices, it’s worth discussing how much of a safe haven Europe actually is for LGBTQ+ refugees seeking asylum from persecution in their country of origin. Going from big to small, I want to first take a look at the changing judicature at the European Court of Justice and European Court of Human Rights relating to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, subsequently […]

Making Papers Publishable – The Role of Research Designs

A little while ago, we spoke to Dr Nele Kortendiek about her work, how she approaches research designs and what students should be aware of when carving out a research idea. This interview with Prof Lisbeth Zimmermann from Zeppelin University is the second part of our series on research design and will provide you will valuable insights for your next paper.   YJEA: You mainly do research in the field of multilateral cooperation and international norms and institutions. Why are you particularly interested in these topics? Zimmermann: They are the […]

Is the European Court of Human Rights going too far in expanding the scope of certain rights under the Convention?

Guest author: Margarida Luciano Martins   Introduction In this short paper I intend, to the best of my legal and research abilities, to analyse the issue of the expansion of the scope of some European Convention on Human Rights (henceforth mentioned as ECHR or the Convention) rights by the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR, the Court or the Strasbourg Court), and evaluate whether the Court is overstepping its competences in its evolutive and dynamic approach on human rights protection or if its action is legitimate, in light of international […]