On migrant exclusion and the Janus face of the rule of law
Francesco Bosso presents his research on migrants’ rights in the context of different notions of the Rechtsstaat (the rule of law). While the Rechtsstaat guarantees fundamental rights to non-citizens it is also referred to as source for policies of exclusion. Francesco discusses empirical findings from ethnographic field work with asylum seekers in Germany and elaborates in how far various forms of rightlessness faced are (ir)reconcilable with the ideal of the Rechtsstaat. He problematises the idea of the law as ultimate yardstick for evaluating the legitimacy of practices of migrant exclusion and shows how the law can be opened to different notions of justice.
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