November 2016

1. Odysseus Annual Conference 2017: Beyond 'crisis'? The State of Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in the EU
(Friday 10 February 2017, Brussels, European Commission, Building Charlemagne

After the success of the 2016 Odysseus Conference on solidarity in asylum and borders policies, the 2017 Odysseus Annual Conference organised in cooperation with the European Commission's Representation in Belgium will critically assess the developments in European Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy during the year 2016, as well as casting a look into 2017.

After a plenary session devoted to the kind of crisis we are experiencing and an analysis of the importance of European values for the migration and asylum policies from a legal point of view, nine interactive workshops organised in three streams will cover the following topics which are at the core of the current legal and policy debates:

Each workshop is organised by a team of leading experts coming from various universities and research centres in different EU Member States who will present cutting-edge research. Workshops will be introduced by three to four rapporteurs and commentators coming from, apart academia, EU institutions and agencies, Member States’ administrations, international organisations and NGOs. Substantial time will be allowed for discussions with the audience. High-level representatives from EU institutions and Member States will take part in the opening and closing plenary sessions.

Participation will be free of charge but preliminary on line registration required. Simultaneous translation between French, Dutch and English will be provided. Further information on the programme, including the names of speakers and the registration process for the conference, will be released in December. Save the date in your agenda as the place to be for academics and practitioners working in the area of migration and asylum in Europe!


2. REDIAL Project Conclusions

​The REDIAL project (Return Dialogue) organised by the Odysseus Network in cooperation with the Migration Policy Centre of the European University Institute and co-funded by the European Commission aims to enhance the effective implementation of the Return Directive through horizontal judicial cooperation among judges from all EU Member States.

The REDIAL project was concluded with a final conference on 21 October in Brussels, during which the most contentious issues in the implementation of the Return Directive were discussed in the framework of interactive panels involving scholars, officials from Member States’ administrations, national and European judges, lawyers, representatives of NGOs and EU officials. 

Number two of the electronic journal on Judicial Interaction and EU Return Policy dealing with Articles 12 to 14 of the Return Directive has been published.

The participants in the REDIAL project will continue their cooperation by promoting the REDIAL database on relevant national and European case law and an E-training module on return and detention of third-country nationals, which will be released at the beginning of 2017.

More information about the REDIAL database and publications can be found here.


3. 2017 Odysseus Summer School

The 17th Odysseus Network Summer School on Immigration and Asylum will take place from 3 to 14 July 2016 in Brussels. Visit our website to have a look at the 16th edition:
If you are interested in receiving information about the 2017 Summer School when it becomes available, please send an email to

4. Vacancies - Two Internship Opportunities

​The Odysseus Academic Network is recruiting two young graduates or young professionals to fill two remunerated traineeship positions. The OMNIA traineeship will begin in February 2017, lasting for 6 months, with the successful candidate joining the OMNIA Project team as a
Research and Project Assistant. The Summer School traineeship will begin in March 2017, lasting for 5 months, with the successful candidate working on the coordination and delivery of the 2017 Odysseus Summer School. Both of the positions are based in Brussels at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and each is remunerated with a salary of €751 per month.

For more information about the positions, application procedure and deadlines, visit the Odysseus Network website:

You can find more information about our team here.​