Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche

Professor of Law, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3


Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche is Professor of Law and member of the Centre of Constitutional Law at the University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, as well as member of the Centre for the Study and Researches on Fundamental Rights (CREDOF) of the University Paris 10 Nanterre. Her research examines constitutional law and European law, focusing on evaluating the legitimacy of the political systems of the European Union and its Member States. In order to evaluate this, her work  analyses a series of exceptions: the situations of serious crises which allow the concentration of powers and restriction of rights (e.g. the use of the state of emergency), and the areas of legal confinement which can conduce to power abuses and rights infringements (e.g. camps and centres where migrants and refugees are detained). As a member of the French University Institute (IUF), Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche pursues a research project on “The finis and the limes - Thoughts about a constitutionalised EU from the asylum and immigration policy view”. Her purpose is to highlight the dialectical tensions that exist between the substantial (political) components and the formal (geographical) elements of the European identity, via a critical approach of the immigration and asylum policy of the EU and its Member States. She is member of the editorial board of main reviews on fundamental rights and migration law (such as La Revue des droits de l’homme and the European Journal of Migration Law) and is involved in different academics association (such as the European network of legal experts TransEuropeExperts, the immigration network of the Council for European Studies of Columbia University, the European University network on the Area of Freedom, of Security and Justice, or the Migration and Law Network). You can find more information about her activities and publications on her personal webpage.

Research projects & programmes

Border Criminologies