Securing the European Space through Technocratic Borders: What Role for International Responsibility?

Border controls have been described as the last bastion of sovereignty. The emerging European integrated border management (IBM) challenges this assumption.
The hallmark of the IBM is its technocratic and depoliticised logic. Various state and non-state actors cooperate in a complex dynamic of securization. In addition, technological advancements are contributing to change the traditional practices of border controls. These evolutions not only puts to test the relation between territory, power, and political control but also require a different understanding of the responsibility ensuing from the exercise power and control in the management of EU borders.
This paper aims to address the question of the responsibility for human rights violations that these practices can trigger. The underlying theoretical question concerns the way in which international responsibility can be conceived where borders are managed by supranational institutions and legitimized in a post-national fashion.