While we celebrate its 20th anniversary by launching a new online version, the summer school has trained more than 2000 persons and is well known among employers considering it as an asset for job seekers. The objective is to give the participants a global understanding of the European immigration and asylum policies from a legal perspective, including the latest developments in 2020.
The summer school is organised by the Odysseus Network for Legal Studies on Immigration and Asylum in Europe, founded by Prof. Philippe De Bruycker in 1999 with the support of the European Commission. In addition to classes, the summer school provides an excellent opportunity to spend an intellectually stimulating time in a group of around one hundred participants specialised in the area of asylum and immigration. The location of the summer school in Brussels creates a unique European environment with participants from different Member States who typically includes PhD and graduate students, researchers, EU and Member State officials, representatives from NGOs and International Organisations, lawyers, judges, social workers, etc. The classes are taught by academics originating from all EU Member States collaborating in the framework of the Odysseus Network, and by high-ranking officials from the European Institutions, particularly the European Commission.