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

There are still 3 days to apply for the two Odysseus Prizes.

The Odysseus Academic Network is accepting final applications for the first year of its annual award. The prizes will recognise outstanding academic research in the area of European Immigration or Asylum Law which has been publish in any language of the EU+.

The Best Publication Prize recognises an outstanding contribution to the field of study in the form of a published piece of research appearing in 2015. A Young Researcher Prize will also be awarded to one author aged 35 or younger for excellent published work in this area. 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
Applications should be received by 23rd May. 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 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, and to apply, visit our website. The deadline for applications is 10 June 2016.


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

A PhD Seminar will be held during the 2016 Summer School. It offers up to 10 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 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 22 May 2016. More information is available here.


4. Scholarships for Refugees at the Odysseus Summer School

Applications are now being accepted from refugees wishing to attend the Odysseus Summer School on Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy (see previous sections for more information on the Summer School).

This initiative is conceived as a response to the current asylum situation in Europe, and aims to provide a number of refugees with an opportunity to gain knowledge in the field of European immigration and asylum law. It intends also to help refugees to engage with European academics and to continue their studies, which may have been interrupted due to forced departure from their home country.

Following a successful fundraising campaign, we are able to fund the full participation of around ten students at our Summer School, who hold refugee or subsidiary protection status in Europe. The funds cover registration fees and transportation costs, accommodation and living expenses for the entire duration of the Summer School.

Eligibility criteria
Applicants must:
  • Be beneficiaries of international protection in any European State. Preference may be given to recently recognised beneficiaries of international protection (recognised in 2014-2016);
  • Hold an MA, or at least a BA or equivalent in Law or a related discipline, or have equivalent professional experience in a relevant field, for example in NGOs;
  • Speak and understand either English or French.

How to apply
Applicants must complete the following steps:
1. Complete the online registration form for the summer school, available at: Please select the ‘student option’ under course fees for administrative purposes.
2. Send, via email to the following documents, prior to the deadline of 10 June 2016:
  • A CV with details of the applicant’s studies
  • Applicants should submit a short letter of motivation outlining how they would benefit from attending the Summer School. In particular, please include the form of protection status granted, the country which granted this and the date of grant.

For further information, please contact the Odysseus Network by email:
You may also contact us by telephone on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons; and Tuesday and Thursday mornings at: 00 32 (0)2 650 49 96

5. REDIAL publications on judicial cooperation relating to the EU Return Directive

The first REDIAL Report and first edition of the Electronic Journal have been published and are available on the REDIAL website: The REDIAL Project, co-funded by the European Commission (DG Home) and coordinated by the Migration Policy Centre, in cooperation with the Centre for Judicial Cooperation (CJC) and the Odysseus Academic Network, intends to facilitate horizontal judicial dialogue among the national judges involved in return procedures. Its main purpose is to enhance the effective implementation of the Return Directive (2008/115/EC) through judicial cooperation among courts from all EU Member States.

The first REDIAL Report is a synthesis of the various forms of judicial cooperation which has developed on the topic of termination of illegal stay, in particular dealing with Articles 4-11 of the EU Return Directive (Directive 2008/115/EC). It offers an analysis of the legal provisions of the Return Directive, CJEU relevant judgments and case law of Member States

The first edition of the Electronic Journal reports on European and national case law, as well as judicial interaction in the area of returns. It provides a concise summary of the relevant preliminary rulings delivered by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and follow-up national judgments, a comparative presentation of landmark national judgments originating from 19 Member States illustrating the essential role of national courts for the clarification of the scope and meaning of Articles 7-11 of the Return Directive, and an analysis of the various modes of judicial interactions that have developed between the European and national judges and between national judges from different Member States.


6. Vacancies

The Odysseus Academic Network is recruiting two young graduates or young professionals to fill two remunerated internship positions. The positions last for 6 months, with a salary of €751 per month. One of the successful candidates will be expected to start work at the beginning of July, and the other at the beginning of September.

The interns will work as part of the OMNIA Project Team, consisting of five people in total. The main goal of the project is to foster a vibrant community of researchers and professors throughout the EU in the field of EU immigration and asylum law. The project aims to gather information, enhance learning and exchange practices in this area. More information on the activities involved in the project can be found here.

For more information about the position and how to apply, visit the Odysseus Network website:


7. Upcoming Migration & Asylum Events

Migration & Law Network Conference 2016
Europe’s crisis: What future for immigration and asylum law and policy?
27-28 June 2016, Queen Mary University of London

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


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