Odysseus Network

1. Upcoming 2018 Odysseus Summer School and PhD Seminar

2. The 2018 Odysseus Conference 

4. A Special Issue on Solidarity

3. The e-NACT project

1. Odysseus Summer School & PhD Seminar
(July 2018)
 Registration for the 18th edition of our Summer School on EU Migration and Asylum Law and Policy is open, and the new brochure (available in English // disponible en français) is available on our website.

The Summer School has been designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the immigration and asylum policy of the EU from a legal perspective. The programme is organised by the Odysseus Academic Network under the umbrella of the Institute for European Studies of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). Participants in the Summer School typically include PhD and graduate students, researchers, EU and Member State officials, representatives of NGOs and International Organisations, lawyers, judges, social workers and more.

In addition to the classes, evening debates and visits to the European Institutions, the course provides an excellent opportunity to spend an intellectually stimulating fortnight and to network among a group of around one hundred fellow participants specialised in the area of asylum and immigration coming from all over Europe. The setting of the summer school in Brussels, capital of the European Union, creates a unique environment that facilitates participants’ deeper engagement with the EU institutions.
The deadline for applications is 15 May 2018

For more information about the Summer School and to apply, visit our website
 PhD Seminar with 4 Grants
A PhD Seminar offers up to 10 doctoral researchers the opportunity to present their PhD project and receive feedback from a panel of Odysseus Network’s 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 in political science or international relations dealing with legal aspects are welcome. The sessions are in English but may be organised in French upon request.
The PhD Seminar will only be open only to those 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. It will provide an additional 10 hours of special sessions reserved exclusively to 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 €200 registration fee) as well as travel and accommodation costs.

The closing date for applications is 3 April 2018. More information is available on the dedicated brochure (available in English // disponible en français).
2. The Odysseus Conference 2018
On 1 February 2018, the Odysseus Academic Network held its annual conference, titled “Conflict and Compromise between Law and Politics in EU Migration and Asylum Policies”. The Odysseus Network would like to thank again warmly all speakers for their active contribution as well as all participants for their presence. The conference attracted around 300 persons. A total of 45 speakers took part in six different workshops assembled along three streams (Externalisation – Human Rights – Institutions). The video recordings are now available online for each speaker.
The next Odysseus conference will take place in October 2019 at the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Tampere Conclusions adopted by the European Council on 15 and 16 October 1999. This conference will be an occasion to look both backwards and forward.
3. The Special Issue on Solidarity
As an outcome of the 2016 Annual Policy Conference of the Odysseus Academic Network ‘Searching for Solidarity in EU Asylum and Border Policies’Daniel Thym and Lilian Tsourdi edited a special issue on solidarity on the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law. The special issue, entitled ‘Searching for solidarity in the EU asylum and border policies: Constitutional and operational dimensions’ is available here.
4. The e-NACT project
e-NACT (e-learning National Active Charter Training) is a project supported by DG Justice (European Commission) providing for a training methodology and activities that, coupled with the expertise of the trainers involved, foster the emergence and consolidation of a common culture of fundamental rights. The e-NACT project is coordinated by the European University Institute (EUI) and involves several universities, including the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Odysseus Network. The project will provide training activities and tools in areas of crucial importance for the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, including asylum and migration.
The project published a call for participants for legal practitioners (lawyers and judges) for the first three Transnational Training Workshops dedicated to freedom of expression (11-12 June 2018), social rights in labour law (4-5 October 2018) and children protection (3-4 December 2018).
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