April 2016
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1. The Odysseus Network Prizes: Two Awards for Outstanding Published Research on EU Immigration and Asylum Law

The Odysseus Academic Network is proud to announce the launch of two annual prizes recognising outstanding academic research in the area of European Immigration or Asylum Law which has been publish in any language of the EU+.

The Young Researcher Prize will be awarded to one author aged 35 or younger for excellent published work in this area. The Best Publication Prize recognises an outstanding contribution to the field by a more experienced researcher or professor. Applications from all European countries will be considered.

The two winning authors will each receive an award of €1000. The prizes will be awarded during the 16th Annual Odysseus Summer School, which will take place in Brussels from 4 to 15 July 2016 (for more information, see the next section of this newsletter).

Eligibility criteria
  • Publications in all official EU languages are eligible (see further conditions)
  • The publication must focus on European issues in Immigration or Asylum Law
  • The submitted work must have been published between 01/01/2015 and  31/12/2015
  • The young researcher must be aged 35 or younger during the year of the submission
The deadline for applications closes on 8th May 2016. To apply, visit the Odysseus website for full conditions, further information and to download the application form.

2. Odysseus Network Summer School | Cours d'été Odysseus

Registration for the 16th edition of the Odysseus Network Summer School is now open, and the new brochure is available on our website.

The Summer School has been carefully designed and developed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the EU from a legal perspective.

In addition to the content of the taught classes, the course also provides an excellent opportunity to spend an intellectually stimulating fortnight among a group of around one hundred fellow participants specialised in the area of asylum and immigration from all over Europe.  The setting of the Summer School in Brussels, the home of the European institutions, creates a unique environment that facilitates participants’ deeper engagement with the institutions.
Participants in the Summer School typically include PhD and graduate students, researchers, lecturers, EU and Member State officials, representatives from NGOs and International Organisations, lawyers, judges, social workers and more.

For more information about the Summer School, visit our website.


3. PhD Seminar with 4 Grants | Séminaire doctoral avec 4 bourses

A PhD Seminar will be organised during the 2016 Summer School. It offers 15 doctoral researchers the opportunity to individually present their PhD project and receive feedback on the subject, structure and methodology of their thesis from a panel of three Odysseus Network Members from various European universities and possibly one high-level practitioner attending the Summer School. The PhD Seminar is aimed at researchers in law, but applications from researchers dealing with legal aspects of political science or international relations are welcome. The sessions are in English, but may be organised in French upon request.

The PhD Seminar will only be open to those who are participating in the entire programme of the Summer School, and selected doctoral researchers must therefore register for the Summer School and pay the PhD students’ fee. The PhD Seminar will provide an additional 10 to 15 hours of special sessions reserved exclusively for the 15 selected participants.

Four grants are available for PhD students and will be attributed on the basis of academic record and financial need. The grants cover the Summer School fee (with the exception of the €100 application fee) as well as travel and accommodation costs.

The closing date for applications is 6 May 2016. More information is available here.


4. Sponsorship Appeal: Scholarships for Refugees Crowdfunding Initiative

The Odysseus Network plans to welcome refugee students to its 16th Annual Summer School, which will take place in Brussels from 4-15 July 2016, and we are accepting donations via our crowdfunding page. There are 10 days left to donate, so please pledge your support soon.

The initiative will allow the participants to gain knowledge in European immigration and asylum law and further their education, which may have been interrupted by their forced departure. Their time in Brussels will also aid their integration into Europe by allowing them to discover the European capital and the European institutions.

5. 2016 Odysseus Network Conference: Audio recordings, Powerpoint presentations, short papers now available

The Odysseus Network’s First Annual Policy Conference was held on 26-27 February to great success. Audio recordings, Powerpoint presentations and short papers from the conference are now available online.

This information is free to access and is available at

The information available on the website includes:
  • Audio recordings of the interventions at the conference
  • Powerpoint presentations by speakers at the conference
  • A collection of short papers by speakers at the conference, with articles by Gregor Noll, Evangelia (Lilian) Tsourdi, Madeline Garlick, Philippe De Bruycker, Nuno Piçarra and Aikaterini Drakopoulou.
  • The conference programme
  • The speakers' short biographies

In addition to the materials available online, a book based on the proceedings of the conference will be published in early 2017.

6. Other Events

European Network on Statelessness
#StatelessKids Youth Congress 2016
11-13 July 2016, Brussels


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