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Adolfo Sommarribas

Adolfo Sommarribas

Legal Advisor

Faculty or Centre Faculty of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Department Department of Geography and Spatial Planning
Postal Address Université du Luxembourg
Maison des Sciences Humaines
11, Porte des Sciences
L-4366 Esch-sur-Alzette
Campus Office MSH, E02 25-410
Email
Telephone (+352) 46 66 44 6246

Adolfo Sommarribas graduated in Law (Licenciatura en Derecho, equivalent to a JD) and as a Notary Public at the University of Costa Rica in 1988. He obtained a Master in Laws (L.L.M) from the University of Michigan Law School after being awarded a Fullbright Scholarship. In 2015, he obtained a Diploma in Luxembourg Taxation.

He worked as a researcher at the Center of the Administration of Justice of Florida international University in different countries in Latin America from 1986 until 1989 and as a lawyer in different countries until he joined the University of Luxembourg in 2011 as legal migration expert for the Luxembourg National Contact Point of the European Migration Network (EMN). Actually, he is senior legal advisor (in projects) of the University of Luxembourg.

In the EMN at the European level, he was codeveloper of the EMN ad-hoc queries tool in 2013 after being appointed co-chair of the Ad-hoc query Working Group post that he still holds guaranteeing the quality of the exchange of information between Member States and the European Union. He is also in charge of the coordination with other EU agencies and network (i.e. EASO, GDISC and IGC) to avoid duplication and exchange of information.

He is the liaison between the Financial Unit of the European Commission and the EMN National Contact Points providing training and developing tools for the submission of the grants.

He was appointed coordinator of the EMN Platform of Statelessness since 2016.  Since its appointment it has produced outputs such as the EMN Inform “Statelessness in the EU” (2016 and 2020), organizing events for stakeholders such as technical workshops, trainings and conferences with the collaboration of international organisations (e.g. UNHCR, UNICEF) and EU NGOs(e.g. ENS) to raise awareness on statelessness.

He has been expert for the Luxembourgish government during the Luxembourgish presidencies of the Benelux (2016 and 2019) on trafficking in human beings and had contribute to create an information brochure that is being used to inform potential victims and also to assist practitioners in the field.

He had participated in the drafting of the Luxembourg national report SOPEMI for the OECD (2015, 2016, 2017, 2020, 2021)

He has also been involved in the development of the EMN Inform on Detecting Document Fraud and is in charge of organize technical events with practitioners to see the trends and new technological developments in the field. He is also invited as external expert to the Europol Doc Fraud Working Party and had participate in several conferences as speaker at EUROPOL and the European Council on the subject.

He has been involved with the European Commission and EU NGOs in the development of informs on missing unaccompanied minors in the EU and children on migration during 2020 as well as on the effects of the Covid-19 in legal migration jointly with EMN NCPs, EU agencies and OECD.

He participates as legal advisor for the FRANET Luxembourg since its establishment at the University of Luxembourg.

He is member of the University Council of the University of Luxembourg since November 2018.

Research interests

  • Migration
  • Asylum
  • Document Fraud
  • Trafficking of Human Beings
  • Statelessness
  • Unaccompanied minors
  • Legal migration

Last updated on: Friday, 09 July 2021

Education

  • 2015: Diploma in Luxembourg Taxation
  • May 2013: Homologation of the law diplomas by the Luxembourgish authorities.
  • 1989 - 1990: University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA), Law School, Master of Laws (L.L.M.). Corporate and securities law (specialized in antitrust issues)
  • 1982 - 1988: University of Costa Rica (San José, Costa Rica), Licenciado en Derecho (J.D. – constitutional, criminal and administrative law) and Notary Public

Professional experience

  • Since Jan 2019: Senior Legal Advisor, University of Luxembourg
  • Since Nov 2018: Member of the University Council of the University of Luxembourg
  • Since June 2018: Liaison between EASO, EMN, GDISC and IGC in coordination of the launching of ad-hoc queries on migration issues
  • Since June 2017: Liaison between EASO and EMN
  • Since Dec 2016: Liaison between the Financial Unit of the European Commission (AMIF) and the EMN National Contact Points providing training and developing tools fort he submission of grants
  • July – Dec 2016: Member of the Luxembourg delegation on Human Trafficking during the Benelux Presidency held by Luxembourg
  • Since  2016: Appointed coordinator of the Statelessness working group and coordinator of the EMN Platform on Statelessness established by the JHA Council Conclusions of 3 and 4 December 2015
  • Since 2013: Co-chair of the Ad-hoc query working group of the European Migration Network. Since December 2016 appointed supervisor of the normal functioning of the ad-hoc query system of the EMN. Co-developer of the module of the EMN Internal Communication System (IES)
  • Since 2011: Research Associate, Senior Legal Expert, European Migration Network, National Contact Point Luxembourg (LU EMN NCP) University of Luxembourg
  • 1988 – 1989: Research Associate, Centre for the Administration of Justice, Florida International   University, Miami, Florida, USA. Differents studies on the administration of justice in Latin America
  • 1986 – 1988: Research Associate, Centre for the Administration of Justice, Florida International University, San José, Costa Rica. Studies on the administration of justice in Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala and the Dominicain Republic
  • 1988 - 2011: Lawyer and consultant

Other professional activities

  • Member of the University Council of the University of Luxembourg
  • Liaison between EASO, EMN, GDISC and IGC in coordination of the launching of ad-hoc queries on migration issues
  • Liaison between EASO and EMN
  • Liaison between the Financial Unit of the European Commission (AMIF) and the EMN National Contact Points providing training and developing tools for the submission of grants
  • Member of the Luxembourg delegation on Human Trafficking during the Benelux Presidency held by Luxembourg (2016 & 2019)
  • Creator of the LU EMN NCP Luxembourg case law database on immigration and asylum
  • Creator of the University of Luxembourg case law database on spatial planning (www.fcat-database.uni.lu)
  • Coordinator of the Beneficiaries of international protection recognition of qualifications working group of the University of Luxembourg (March 2016)
  • Creator of an exchange platform EASO, EMN, GDISC and IGC (on-going)



Last updated on: 09 Jul 2021