Critical observers have often attributed the emergence of restrictive migration laws to rising populism and failing protection by constitutional, EU and human rights law. This presentation, however, argues that the lagging legal protection of migrants' rights is less a matter of populism and failures of human rights protection, and more a problem of too much administrative law. The contribution examines the legal infrastructure that makes restrictive migration laws possible and lawlike. The answer is administrative law. Administrative law happens to be distinctively well-suited, more so than criminal and civil law, to produce restrictive migration laws.
We look forward to welcoming you on July 3-5, 2023 for our Annual Conference entitled "Islands and Ocean: Public Law in a Plural World." The conference will take place at the Victoria University of Wellington, in New Zealand. We will be announcing more details about the conference soon, including financial support to early career and global south scholars!