JMintheUS Webinar: The Historical Legacies of the EU’s Free Movement of Persons in a Post COVID-19

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The Miami-Florida Jean Monnet Center of Excellence would like to share this upcoming webinar organized by the University of Florida and part of the #JMintheUS event series.


On June 15th 2020, the EU officially reopened its inner borders, effectively lifting the travel restrictions put in place to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Schengen Agreement’s ‘Free Movement of Persons’ —considered as one of the most meaningful, and also the most popular accomplishments ever of European integration— was then back in force.

This lecture invites participants to look back into history to see beyond in terms of building a commonly inclusive and sustainable future by highlighting Human Mobility Rights as fundamental human rights. Indeed, in our post(?) COVID-19 world, the empowering historical legacies of the EU’s Free Movement of Persons can help us shed light on our current belonging and displacement challenges. In the end, it has been transnational mobile populations whose migration patterns built up principles, norms, political cultures and entire civilizations on their wake.

ImageSpeaker: Cristina Blanco Sio-Lopez, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Visiting Fellow Dr. Cristina Blanco Sío-López is EU Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Senior Global Fellow and Principal Investigator (PI) of the research project ‘Navigating Schengen: Historical Challenges and Potentialities of the EU’s Free Movement of Persons, 1985-2015’ (NAVSCHEN) at the European Studies Center (ESC) – EU Jean Monnet European Centre of Excellence (JMEUCE) of the University of Pittsburgh from 2019 to 2021.


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This event is part of the #JMintheUS speaker series, an initiative of Jean Monnet Centers in the US. It is co-sponsored by the University of Florida Center for European Studies Center and University of Florida Center for European Studies.