Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche

Professor of Law, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3
Border Criminologies


"Professor of law at the International, European and Comparative Law Centre of the University Jean Moulin Lyon 3 and member of the French Collaborative Institute on Migration, Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche is Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France. She is also an associate member of the Centre for Research and Studies on Fundamental Rights at University Paris Nanterre, the Centre for Migration Law at Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, the Border Criminologies group at Oxford University School of Law, and the Centre for the Legal Study of Borders and Migration at Queen Mary University of London. Marie-Laure Basilien-Gainche carries out researches that focus on evaluating the legitimacy of the political systems of the European Union and its Member States. In particular, she studies the effectiveness of the fundamental rights protection, notably examining the situations of exceptions and considering the conditions of margins. Thus, the serious crises which allow the concentration of powers and the restriction of rights, as well as the legal confinement which can conduce to power abuses and rights infringements are its main area of research. She concentrates her analysis on the EU immigration and asylum norms and their compatibility with international and European instruments of human rights protection. As junior member of the Institut Universitaire de France from 2012 to 2017, she led a research project on “The finis and the limes – Thoughts on the constitutional identity of the EU through the prism of migration and asylum law”. The MOEBIUS research project she currently conduces as Senior Member of the Institut Universitaire de France deals with “Sovereignty ordering migrations inside European borders. Uses v. Ethics”. She is member of the scientific committee of the Agency of the EU for Fundamental Rights. All her activities can be followed on her personal webpage."

Research projects & programmes

Border Criminologies