(October 2016)


1. REDIAL Public Conference - 21 October 2016

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The REDIAL Public Conference
21 October 2017
Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre,
Avenue du Boulevard 17, 1210 Brussels, Belgium

​This conference on the challenges in the legal and judicial implementation of the Return Directive is organised by the Migration Policy Centre and Centre for Judicial Cooperation of the European University Institute together with the Odysseus Academic Network in the framework of the project REDIAL (Return Directive Dialogue)

The REDIAL project is co-funded by the European Commission and aims to enhance the effective implementation of the Return Directive (2008/115/EC) through judicial cooperation among judges from all EU Member States.

The preliminary results of the REDIAL Project show that the various European and domestic actors need to work in collaboration with one another in order to achieve the difficult objective of enhancing effectiveness of the EU return system while ensuring that the rights of migrants are not disregarded.

The REDIAL Conference proposes for discussion some of the most contentious issues in the implementation of the Return Directive, which will be will be discussed in the framework of interactive panels involving scholars, officials from Member States’ administration, national and European judges, lawyers, representatives of NGOs and EU officials in an endeavour to find equitable and sustainable solutions to the present and future challenges facing the EU return policy.

More information on the event itself and how to register can be found here. Please see the day's programme here.

2. The Odysseus Annual Law and Policy Conference - 10 February 2017

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The Odysseus Academic Network Annual Law and Policy Conference
10 February 2017
European Commission, Charlemagne Building,
Rue de la Loi 170, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
The 2017 Odysseus Academic Network Annual Law and Policy Conference will be concerned with giving an overview over recent critical developments in European immigration and asylum policy in light of increasing numbers of people on the move. At the same time, the conference will also offer the opportunity to cast a look into the future and discuss possible developments in the field.

The event is organised in cooperation with the European Commission's Representation in Belgium and will be held in the Commission's buildings in Brussels. Different topics will be covered in a number of participatory workshops, on subjects ranging from the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency to the Blue Card Scheme or the revision of Dublin III.

We are looking forward to what promises to be an exciting event and we will release more information about the conference programme and registration shortly.


3. Report on the 2016 Odysseus Summer School

The 16th edition of the Odysseus Summer School was held from 4-15 of July, and the feedback from the participants has confirmed that it was once again a great success. The total number of participants (117 persons) has considerably increased in comparison with previous years.

Several optional events were organised, where all participants had the chance to meet and discuss with experts and practitioners on timely and topical matters such as the EU-Turkey Deal, the issues related to Brexit, the reform of the CEAS, the new Blue Card Directive and the future of the Frontex agency. These events enhanced the richness of the intellectual stimulation offered by the Summer School.

The Odysseus Network was delighted to welcome ten refugee students for the first time as fully funded participants of this year’s Summer School, thanks to the Scholarships for Refugees initiative. The objective was to provide a number of recent beneficiaries of international protection in Europe with the opportunity to gain knowledge of European immigration and asylum law and policy. They had the opportunity to share their experiences with all the participants at a special event held at the European Parliament. Based on the feedback received by the refugee scholars as well as other participants and speakers, Odysseus believes that this was an enriching and valuable experience for all concerned. The success of the initiative in its first year has strengthened the intention to repeat this project next year, if sufficient funding can be found.

The Odysseus Academic Network would like to express a special word of thanks to all of the donors for their support, including those who contributed to the crowdfunding campaign. The list of official donors for the Scholarships for Refugees initiative can be seen on our website.
If you are interested in finding out more about it, or in supporting us in future years, please refer to our website or contact:

The 17th edition of the Odysseus Summer School will be held on 3-14 July 2017 in Brussels. 

​You can find more information on the 2016 programme and the Summer School in general here.


4. Changes to the OMNIA Project Coordination Team

With the new academic year, the OMNIA Project Team has welcomed two new additions to the team: Katharina Bamberg and Gabriel Almeida who will support the network as communications and research assistants.

The Odysseus Network would like to express  a special word of gratitude to our previous colleagues Eimear O'Neill, Zarina Rahman and Giulia Raimondo for their excellent work and we wish them all the best and continued success in their careers.

You can find more information about our team here.​