Workshop on the M.S.S. judgement

aditus attends a full-day workshop organised by the International Commission of Jurists.  The aim of the workshop is to discuss international and national perspectives of the recent ECtHR M.S.S. judgement against Belgium and Greece.  Held in Brussels, the workshop brought together NGOs and lawyers to analyse the several points raised in the judgement.

For aditus, Neil Falzon highlighted that possible impact of M.S.S. is primarily related to the fact that Malta is a country receiving Dublin II returns and the criteria established by the Court could potentially be applied vis-á-vis Malta.  This in view of the substandard living conditions for asylum-seekers, refugees and other migrants in Malta’s open centres.

Neil also raised the question as to whether the M.S.S. criteria could also be used extra-territorially, in the context of EU MS deporting third-country nationals to their countries of origin, or to transit countries.