The Russian law on Refugees and the principle of non-refoulement: an analysis through the lens of the European Court of Human Rights

with Maria Sole Continiello Neri (the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow,)

Stockholm Center for International Law and Justice invites you to a seminar with:

Dr. Maria Sole Continiello Neri,

NRU HSE Moscow

on the topic

The Russian Law on Refugees through the lens of the European Court of Human Rights

Migration is a pivotal issue for Russia: RF ranks fourth globally as a host country for international migrants. During the last decade, migrants (including voluntary migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and international displaced persons) have now reached almost 8% of the overall Russian population. Even though RF ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention and adopted specific regulations as to substantive and procedural rights of refugees and seekers of temporary asylum, the law contains several normative shortcomings that contradict Russia’s international and regional human rights obligations, including disregarding the principle of non-refoulement. The existing law is also often incorrectly applied, leading to misunderstandings and consequent expulsion. The shortcomings of the Russian international protection system have repeatedly been highlighted by the European Court of Human Rights. The Court through its recent decisions has stimulated a jurisprudential openness in the Russian Appeal Courts, paving the way to reverse the restrictive orientation and to amend the current law, the topic of this seminar.


Maria Sole Continiello Neri is a jurist and post-doctoral researcher specialized in International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights Law and Refugee Law at the Faculty of Law at High School of Economics, Moscow. Maria received her Ph.D from Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa on the interplay between economic, social and cultural rights and IHRL during military occupation. She has been a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg and at the Irish Center for Human Rights in Galway. She has worked for the European Commission (Dg. Devco), the Italian Red Cross and as a consultant for Italian and Palestinian NGOs working on the protection of refugees and migrants’ rights. Maria published her first book (Forze di Pace: Un analisi giuridica, storica e strategica delle missioni  militari italiane all’estero, Rodorigo Editore, 2018 ) on the Italian peace-keeping mission in 2018.