“Libya last week threatened to hinder rescue operations by NGOs off its own coast, using violence. Several civil rescue organisations have ended their missions as a result, including Doctors Without Borders (MSF). It is clear that these developments represent a growing threat to people fleeing war and persecution.

International law expert Nora Markard is Junior Professor at the University of Hamburg, where she also leads the Humboldt Law Clinic ‘Fundamental and Human Rights’. In an interview with Sea-Watch, she explains the legal background to the current debate surrounding maritime rescue in the Mediterranean.”