Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

"Crimmigration" and Human Rights

"Crimmigration" and Human Rights

2:30pm University of Minnesota Law School Mondale Hall 229 19th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55455

As migration flows around the world have increased in recent years due to factors such as armed conflict, economic dislocation, and climate change, national governments have increasingly turned to criminal law to regulate their borders and exclude large numbers of non-citizens. Many states have increased the number and scope of criminal offenses justifying deportation, increased penalties for immigration-related conduct, and criminalized immigrant status itself through detention of non-citizens. States have in effect created a separate criminal law system for non-citizens, one that features harsher penalties, less discretion, and fewer due process protections than the system affords to citizens. This dual criminal justice system has important racial, ethnic, and human rights implications. The workshop will examine these intersections of criminal and immigration law in a comparative context. Presenters will analyze current state practices and consider recommendations for reform.


Institute of Criminology and Sociology of Law, University of Oslo
Fitting Punishment: Abnormal Justice and the Precarious Membership in Europe

Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford
The Wrongs of Unlawful Immigration: An Analysis of the Criminalization of Breaches to Immigration Regulation

University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law
Irregularizing Migration by Geographic Design: Understanding Canada’s Mandatory Migration Detention Regime

Georgetown Law School
Beyond Borders: Immigration and Criminal Justice in Dialogue

University of Palermo, Faculty of Law
A Just Criminalization of Illegal Immigration: Is It Possible?

Lewis and Clark Law School
Civil Detention and Other Fairytales

University of Cincinnati, College of Law
Creating “Crimmigration” in the United States as a Mechanism of Racial Exclusion in a Post-Racial Society 

Speakers & Moderators

  • Katja Franko Aas Katja Franko Aas

    Professor of Criminology, University of Oslo

  • Ana Aliverti Ana Aliverti

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Oxford University Faculty of Law

  • Efrat Arbel Efrat Arbel

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law

  • Allegra McLeod Allegra McLeod

    Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University

  • Alessandro Spena Alessandro Spena

    Professor of Criminal Law, University of Palermo

  • Juliet P. Stumpf Juliet P. Stumpf

    Professor of Law, Lewis and Clark University

  • Yolanda Vázquez Yolanda Vázquez

    Assistant Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati


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