March 2017
1. Odysseus Summer School 2017 (including 4 grants for PhD students)
Registration for the 17th 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.
For more information about the Summer School, and to apply, visit our website. The deadline for applications is 10 June 2017.

     1.a PhD Seminar with 4 Grants | Séminaire doctoral avec 4 bourses  
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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 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 to 15 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 5 May 2017. More information is available here.

     1.b Scholarships for Refugees at the Odysseus 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.

Due to a crowdfunding campaign, we hope to be able to fund like last year the full participation of around ten participants 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.

The deadline for applying is  9 June 2017.
Please consult our website for the eligibility criteria and the application process.


2. The Odysseus Network Annual Conference 'Beyond 'Crisis': The State of Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy'

On 10 February 2017, the Odysseus Academic Network together with the European Commission Representation in Belgium held its annual conference, titled 'Beyond 'Crisis'? The State of Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy in the EU'. The Odysseus Network would like to express our sincere gratitude to the team of the Commission Representation for the excellent cooperation in organising the event. The conference attracted around 500 persons attending on the day and more than 2000 following us online via webstreaming or video recording. A total of 60 speakers including Mr Neven Mimica, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, took part in nine different workshops assembled along three streams (Cooperation between Member States, Protection of Persons, Management of Migration).

The next conference will take place in Brussels in February 2018. Organisations interested to collaborate with the Odysseus Network on this occasion can contact Prof. Philippe De Bruycker at

A post summarising the content of the workshops has been published on our blog. The programme of the conference and presentation slides can be found on our website as well as the video recordings below:

3. The 2017 Odysseus Network Prize

The Odysseus Academic Network recognises outstanding academic research in the area of Immigration or Asylum Law with two annual prizes. The Early Career Prize is awarded to one author for excellent work published within three years of the defense of a PhD. The Best Publication Prize recognises an outstanding contribution to the field by a more experienced researcher or professor. Applications from all European countries are considered. In each prize category, €1000 is awarded to the winner. The winners for the 2016 prizes were Cathryn Costello from Oxford, Marie-Benedicte Dembour from Brighton, and Violeta Moreno-Law from Queen Mary University London.

Eligibility criteria:
  • The deadline to apply is 30 June 2017;
  • Publications in all EU languages are eligible;
  • The publication must focus on European issues in Immigration or Asylum Law;
  • The submitted work for the 2017 prize must have been published between 01/01/2016 and  31/12/2016;
  • The early career researcher's submission must have been published within three years of the defense of the PhD.  

Please see our website for more information and further conditions or contact us at