• Pushing back against push-backs: a right of entry for asylum seekers unlawfully prevented from reaching Italian territory

      Borelli, Silvia; University of Bedfordshire (Società Editrice il Mulino, 2020-03-10)
      A decision of a civil court in Rome has reaffirmed the illegality of ‘push-back’ operations under both Italian and international law. In a noteworthy and innovative development, the court further held that, in light of the fact that the claimants had been wrongfully prevented from reaching Italian territory, they had a subjective right as a matter of Italian constitutional law to be admitted to Italy so as to be able to make an application for international protection. The decision has potentially far-reaching implications for future cases before the Italian courts in the field of migration, and may also pave the way for similar findings at the international level.