On the merger of crime control and migration control
Date: 12 October 2021 – Video Conference
Convenors: Martina Althoff (Groningen, NED), Christine Graebsch (Dortmund, GER), Bettina Paul (Aachen, GER), Birgit Menzel (Hamburg, GER), Dorothea Rzepka (Darmstadt, GER), Klaus Weinhauer (Bielefeld, GER)
Crimmigration refers to the intersection and increasing amalgamation of two legal arenas that are still considered as separate in legal theory: The merger of criminal law and migration law, of crime control and migration control. Crimmigration is at the same time cause and consequence of a societal discourse in which the construction of migration, of the foreign and the other, comes along with constructions of crime, insecurity and danger. With respect to the law in action, an important consequence is the loss of procedural guarantees, with respect to discursive practice a substantial identification of the criminal with the foreign. This conference will initiate the necessary interdisciplinary discussion that will be grounded in theory, legally and historically informed, and that despite its international orientation will not neglect national characteristics in- as well as outside the law.