Rethinking solidarity in European asylum law: A critical reading of the key concept in contemporary refugee policy

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


It is easy to get carried away with the rhetoric of solidarity. Rethinking solidarity aims to problematize the way that solidarity has been conceptualized and applied as a governing principle of EU asylum law and policy, in particular as a response to the 2015–2016 ‘refugee crisis’. Navigating through a family of ideas – from Aristotle’s philia, Christian agape, and Roman law to French solidarism, and European unity – Rethinking solidarity claims that there is an inherent dichotomy in the way the concept has been put to use rhetorically. It contends that, despite the fact that solidarity is coupled with a language of fairness, it is this antagonistic core of the concept that has been instrumentalized in the context of European asylum policy. Rethinking solidarity in refugee law thus requires not only more responsibility sharing amongst states but – most importantly – an understanding of and attendance to the varying visions of community each actor brings to the table when invoking solidarity.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Law


  • Solidarity, Friendship, French solidarism, Article 80 TFEU, Common European Asylum System, Dublin Regulation, responsibility sharing, Syrian Refugees, Refugee crisis, EU-law, Public international law
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2018 Nov 16
Place of PublicationLund
  • Lund University (Media-Tryck)
Print ISBNs978-91-7753-884-4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2018-11-16 Time: 10:15 Place: Pufendorfsalen, Juridiska institutionen, Lilla Gråbrödersgatan 3C, Lund External reviewer(s) Name: Guild, Elspeth Title: Professor Affiliation: University of London ---