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This is the fourth episode in the new monthly ACES conversation series 'Racism & Law in Europe' with Thomas Spijkerboer. The series aims to offer a space for academic and practise-oriented reflections on how law is implicated in racializing subjects in today’s Europe.

Event details of Racism and Law a conversation with Thomas Spijkerboer
Date 8 December 2021
Time 16:00 -17:00

About the speaker

Thomas Spijkerboer is professor of migration law at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. His research has focused on gender and sexuality in asylum law; the role of courts; irregularised migration and border deaths; and the externalisation of European migration law. His current research looks at coloniality and racialisation in international migration and refugee law.

About the series

The Black Lives Matter protests across European cities opened up a wider public discussion on racism and racial discrimination in Europe. One issue prominently raised, was that of the role of law in Europe in justifying, enabling, or even constituting racialized violence. Yet, despite the ubiquity of the concept of racial discrimination in European laws, as a conceptual category of critical inquiry, race is conspicuously absent in much of the European legal discourse. This is surprising, given the long legacies and continued persistence of racist ideologies in e.g., labour, immigration, family, and citizenship law.

The monthly ACES conversation series Racism and Law in Europe aims to offer a space for academic and practise-oriented reflections on how law is implicated in racializing subjects in today’s Europe. The series will also discuss law’s potential in responding to racial discrimination, or even reversing structural racism. 

The conversation series will be held online and invites the audience to think along, and engage with our speakers’ methodological and theoretical approaches. The series will use the zoom seminar format to invite audience participation. Contingent on each speaker’s permission, the initial intervention and the conversation will be recorded and publicized. 

The series is hosted and organised by Lys Kulamadayil & Stefan Salomon