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Spring 2017

1. Odysseus Summer School 2017

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More and more people are applying to the Odysseus Summer School on immigration and asylum law and policy in the EU, so make sure to secure your spot quickly. More information, including the new brochure (available in English // disponible en français), is available on our website.
We are happy to announce the opening lecture, given by Vincent Chetail (Professor of International Law, Director of the Global Migration Centre at the Graduate Institute Geneva and Swiss Member of the Odysseus Network) on 'The External Dimensions of the EU Migration and Asylum Policy: Towards a New Turn in the Migration-Development Nexus?'.

In addition to a number of interesting classes on immigration and asylum policy in the EU from a legal perspective, evening debates and visits to the European Institutions, the course provides an excellent opportunity to spend an intellectually stimulating fortnight in Brussels, capital of the European Union. 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 Crowdfunding Campaign for Refugee Scholarships

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The Scholarships for Refugees 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. Last year, we had the privilege of inviting a number of beneficiaries of international protection to our programme and have compiled their experiences in a booklet called 'Refugee Voices'. This year, we need your help to continue to offer refugees a chance to participate in the Summer School.

The project entails costs which the Odysseus Network - a non-profit organisation - cannot cover alone as the Summer School is entirely self-financed and does not benefit from any financial support other than the fees paid by the participants.

We hope to have ten scholarships entirely financed by the public. This would amount to approximately €10,000, and would cover the cost of transportation, daily expenses in Brussels, and tuition fees. Any money raised beyond this amount will contribute to financing another scholarship. 

We need your help for this and hope for your generous contributions to our crowdfunding campaign.
Individuals interested in applying for a scholarships are invited to consult our website for the eligibility criteria and the application process and apply before the deadline of 9 June 2017.


1.b PhD Seminar with 4 Grants - Séminaire doctoral avec 4 bourses

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A unique opportunity for early career researchers, the 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  also 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.

2. The Odysseus Academic Network Catalogues

The Odysseus Academic Network is happy to announce the launch of a set of catalogues aimed at providing tailor-made information on publications, events and ongoing research in the area of immigration and asylum law and policy in the EU and its Member States. The catalogues will become an indispensable tool for everyone interested in the field and keen to stay up to date on latest developments. 

The publications catalogue gathers publications in the area of EU migration law and policy. Anyone can search for or submit a publication which will then be approved by the Odysseus Team before appearing online. The publications catalogue is online now and can be acccessed here.

The events catalogue gathers events in the area of EU migration and asylum law. As with the publications catalogue, anyone can add or search for events that will be added to the catalogue following approval by the Odysseus Team. The events catalogue is online and can be accessed here.

More information on these two catalogues and future catalogues on research projects can be found here.

3. Vacancies

Researcher ( for a 50% position up to 12 months as from 1 September 2017)

The researcher will mainly be in charge of developing E-training modules in EU migration and asylum law (conception, drafting, invention of interactive exercises, revision, etc). The person will work in close cooperation with Prof. Philippe De Bruycker and under his direct supervision. The expected salary is around 1100 € per month + full social security under Belgian law on the basis of an employee contract signed with the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Applicants should possess the following qualifications and attributes:
  • Master’s degree (including previous Bachelor’s degree) in (EU) Law with excellent marks (other disciplines than law will NOT be considered)
  • Excellent knowledge of English is indispensable
  • Excellent capacity to communicate clearly and easily in written English in particular
  • Good capacity to work autonomously
  • Knowledge of immigration and/or asylum in EU or national law is a strong asset
  • Previous research experience in the area and previous publications are a strong asset
  • Being a PhD student in the area is a strong asset

What does the Odysseus Coordination Team offer during this contract?
  • Monitoring developments in EU migration and asylum law regarding legislation, case law and policy
  • Liaise with the members of the Odysseus Network who are among the best academics specialised on EU Migration and Asylum Law in Europe
  • Participate for free in events organised by the Odysseus Network (the annual conference in February or the annual Summer School in July)
  • If you wish to do so outside working hours, supervision to prepare a legal paper for publication in a scientific journal
  • For high academic performers (meaning you have been among the 10 to 15% of the best students having the highest results during most of your studies), help to prepare a project for a PhD by defining a subject and support as much as possible to find funding in the EU
  • Live and work in the capital of Europe while benefiting from all facilities offered by the ULB (libraries, restaurant, sport, medical service, etc)
Interested applicants should send their CV and letter of motivation at  with "OMNIA Researcher Application" in the subject line of the email. The closing date for applications is midnight 1 June 2017. Interviews and recruitment will take place in June and the work will start on 1 September 2017.