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The European Court of Human Rights v. Rwanda Asylum Seeker Plan

By Professor Amelia Hadfield and Evie Horner[1] Tuesday 14 June 2022 saw Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s erstwhile “innovative approach”[2] to tackle illegal migration halted at the eleventh hour by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). 37 people were originally due to be on the inaugural Tuesday flight to Rwanda; however with previous legal challenges, […]


A new community for a new Europe?

Picturing Macron’s vision for a European Political Community Christian Turner is Ph.D. candidate and Junior Fellow with the Centre for Britain and Europe. His research examines post-Brexit British foreign policy, formal and informal alliances through a hard and soft power analysis. Patricia Amalia Vulpe is Visiting Master’s Student at the Centre for Britain in Europe. […]


‘MOVING ON FROM BREXIT: A Content Analysis on the UK Governments Securitization of Asylum Seeking and NGOs (de-securitizing) response’

By Rachel Maughan After spending time in Australia where first-hand accounts of the treatment of asylum seekers on Christmas Island reached my attention, I became interested in learning how my home country, the UK, also welcomed asylum seekers. Volunteering with a local refugee NGO alerted me to the 2021 Nationality & Borders Bill headed by […]


Declawing the Russian Bear: The Western response to the invasion of Ukraine

Professor Amelia Hadfield and Christian Turner On the morning of February 24th, Europe woke up to the spectre of war hanging over the continent. It should not have been a surprise. We’ve had numerous indications  – both diplomatic and geopolitical – of Russia’s aggressive intentions, including clear illustrations of Russian hardware making its way inexorably […]


AUKUS – Confronting China or fracturing the Western alliance?

At 10pm on 15th September, a noticeably tired looking Boris Johnson virtually joined Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and US President Joe Biden to announce a new defence pact that would be, rather unimaginatively, called AUKUS. The tripartite pact would initially focus on the development of nuclear-powered submarines for Australia but would also include closer […]


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