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About the Initiative听

On the Edge addresses the treatment of asylum seekers, refugees and other migrant groups in and on their way to Greece. The initiative builds upon previous legal arguments and court rulings that the reception conditions, lack of effective remedy, pushbacks, and detention of asylum seekers and other migrant groups violate numerous articles of relevant human rights treaties and conventions, and national laws 鈥撯 while the most egregious actions against these populations may constitute crimes against humanity.

The reception conditions for asylum seekers and other migrant groups in Greece have already, on several occasions, been determined by the article 2 (right to life) and article 3 (prohibition of torture and inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment). On the Edge seeks to further explore and pursue legal pathways to seek justice for asylum seekers, refugees, and other migrants whose fundamental rights have been violated.

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Current Projects

There are two main projects currently under development by On the Edge. The first is a legal brief, written and researched by students, to the International Criminal Court. This follows the work of human rights lawyer听 Omer Shatz, and (see also and the case of ). The second is an Interdisciplinary Activism and Experts鈥 workshop - the details of which will be announced as they become available.

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Project Advisors

On the Edge is run by AUP Professor Kerstin Carlson in partnership with AUP Professors Jessica Feldman and Michelle Kuo, as well as external academic, legal, humanitarian, media, and artistic partners from across Europe. In addition, Gabriel Green, an AUP alumnus possessing over five years of professional, voluntary and research experience oriented around migration and human rights in Greece, guides the project鈥檚 field work in the country.

Media and Additional Resources听

Webinar hosted by Professor Kerstin Carlson on migration in the Mediterranean for Twixtlab, July 2020: