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Law Research Seminar Series - Expulsion and 'Legal Otherness' in Times of Growing Nationalism

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Expulsion and 'Legal Otherness' in Times of Growing Nationalism

Speaker: Dr Kathrin Hamenstaedt (Brunel University)

Abstract: In times of growing nationalism, states increasingly revert to mechanisms of legal othering by drawing the demarcation line between “us” and “them” more sharply. The removal of foreigners from the national territory is a particularly visible and effective instrument of legal othering, as it physically excludes “the other” and assures nationals of their special status. Even though this power has been curtailed not only by public international law, but also by European Union (EU) law, as it adversely affects EU citizens’ free movement and residence rights, EU Member States retain some discretion to expel non-nationals, including EU citizens, from their territory. In this research seminar Dr Hamenstaedt will map the shifting limits of Member States’ capacity to distinguish between their own nationals and foreigners by analysing the protection against expulsion provided for by EU law against the background of a growing emphasis on national sovereignty and a rising fear of “the other”.

About The Speaker

Dr Kathrin Hamenstaedt is a Lecturer in Law at Brunel University, having previously worked at King’s College London (2014-2018) and Maastricht University (2010-2014). Kathrin has completed her first and second state examination in Berlin and has worked in the Scientific Service of the German Bundestag. Kathrin’s research interests lie broadly in the area of EU migration law and her current work focuses on legal othering, residence rights and the integration of migrants in the EU.

This event is part of Birkbeck's Law Research Seminar Series. Free to attend and open to the public, the series welcomes scholars from around the world to discuss their latest research.

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