20. Nov 2020
 —  CET
Evening Keynote

Covid-19 Measures on Border Controls and Movement of Persons in the EU

  • Elspeth Guild

The arrival of the pandemic in Europe caused many Member States to take actions related to movement of persons and treatment of migrants (including refugees) which were challenging for EU coherence and legal frameworks. In some ways the Covid-19 measures on movement of persons were revelatory of fragmentation in EU law and dissonance among Member States.

In this presentation I will examine the four frameworks of movement of persons in the EU - intra-EU free movement of EU citizens and their family members; Intra-Schengen free movement; External border crossing by third country nationals including asylum seekers and intra-state movement (lockdowns and confinement). All of these fundamental EU competences have been thrown into disarray by measures taken a Member State level in response to Covid-19.


  • Speaker

    Elspeth Guild is a Jean Monnet Professor ad personam in Law at Queen Mary University of London and Emeritus Professor at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. She is also a partner at the London law firm Kingsley Napley. She regularly advises EU institutions on migration and asylum, in particular the European Parliament. She also advises the Council of Europe. In 2017 she co-edited with Stefanie Grant and Kees Groenendijk "The Human Rights of Migrants in the 21st Century" directed at the UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.